Crittenton Gearing Up For Junior Year

After a great sophomore campaign, Javaris Crittenton of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, is looking forward to his junior season and proving to the basketball world that he is a "winner." Crittenton spoke with Evan Daniels of DeaconSports.com and discussed his recruitment as well as this upcoming high school season.

After playing along side the best player in high school basketball in Dwight Howard, Javaris Crittenton of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, is out to prove something to the rest of the basketball world. The 6-foot-5 point guard is out to prove he's a winner and that Howard wasn't the only reason his team was so successful.

"I'm just focusing on making it back to the state championship," Crittenton said. "Even this summer I wanted to prove to people we're not just winning because we had Dwight and other star players. I want to prove to them that I'm a winner and I can win a championship."

Crittenton, who plays AAU ball for the Atlanta Celtics, is also proving to college coaches that he is a point guard. The athletic guard doesn't want to be a pinned as a combo guard and is out to demonstrate his potential at the one spot.

"I'm trying to work on studying and perfecting the point guard position," Crittenton claimed. "I don't want people to label me as a combo guard or a two guard, I'm focused on playing the point," he continued. "I'm working on getting my teammates involved and knowing when to take the shot, and making the right decisions as a point guard."

After averaging 16 point and 8 assists a game last year, Crittenton has been hitting the court hard and is working on improving a few aspects of his game for the upcoming high school season.

"I can get to the cup at any given time, but you can definitely kill a player with a pull up jump shot," Crittenton claimed. "They are going to be off balance and they won't be able to guard that, that's what I'm working on right now. I'm going to add that to my game and use it. I used to work on it a lot but I wasn't using it. So I'm really working on my mid-range game."

The junior to be is being recruited by many big time colleges and is ranked the 5th best point guard in the 2006 class. But he hasn't gotten serious about the recruiting process, and believes that giving out a list at this stage is pointless.

"To be honest with you right now, I don't have a list, because I know that during the course of next summer and next year it's going to keep changing. Right now I have a couple of schools in mind, but I don't really have a list, because I know it will change up I don't want to focus on that."

But Skip Prosser and the Demon Deacons have left a lasting impact on Crittenton and he says that they are definitely a team that he will look at down the road.

"If I would give you a list, Wake Forest is definitely included, Crittenton said. "I've seen some games of Chris Paul. I like the way they let him run the offense, and how he distributes the ball."


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