Doubt Drives Crittenton

After a great high school season, Javaris Crittenton is ready to take the AAU circuit by storm. Crittenton is ranked as the 8th best point guard by Scout.com and he's looking to prove that he should be higher.

Most athletes have something that drives them to be the best they can be, and for Javaris Crittenton, that drive seems to be the doubts of others.

When Crittenton played AAU ball alongside the likes of Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, and Randolph Morris, he was merely a role player. So when Howard and Smith jumped to the league and Morris went to Kentucky, everyone doubted him and his team.

That doubt only led to big things from the 6-foot-5 point guard.

After a successful summer last year, he piloted his high school team to the state championship game averaging nearly a triple-double scoring 28 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and tossing out seven assists a game. As successful as he was this past season, Crittenton says he's just trying to get back to where he started.

"Basically I was in a great position going into my freshman [year] and things kind of fell off," Crittenton explained. "I'm trying to get back to the position that I started off at. This will be a great summer and there are a lot of great things coming and hopefully I'll draw a lot of attention."

Attention is definitely something Crittenton is garnering right now. He's received visits from Georgia Tech, Stanford, Oklahoma, Auburn the past few weeks and Wake Forest will be visiting April 26th.

While he is receiving visits from a number of schools, he said the main schools he is interested in are Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. All three are in the ACC and share many similarities in style of play which is why they are on his list.

"Georgia Tech, I love the way they play and I love the way Paul Hewitt lets his point guards play," Crittenton said of why he likes the Yellow Jackets. "There are a lot of great point guards to come through there: Kenny Anderson, Stephon Marbury, Travis Best and so many great point guards in the NBA."

While Georgia Tech is close to his home and he likes their development of point guards, he also likes what Wake Forest has to offer.

"I love their style of play and how they get up and down the court," Crittenton said. "Coach Prosser doesn't hold Chris Paul back, he lets him go out there and do his thing."

And hot off their national championship run, North Carolina is also in the mix and Crittenton cites similar reason for liking them as well.

"UNC had a great season they won the national championship," Crittenton said. "Roy Williams, I think he's a great coach. He lets Raymond Felton push the ball so he can get everyone in involved."

And while these three schools are obviously in the mix, the Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy product insisted that anyone could still get involved and that his recruitment is wide open.

"I'm wide open right now," Crittenton insisted. "A lot of people and different colleges have been asking me if it would be hard to get me out of Atlanta, I just know I'm wide open right now."

There is going to be plenty of opportunities for Crittenton to be seen this summer and he has a busy schedule. He'll be participating in AAU events such as Kingwood, Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, NBA Camp, USA Festival, and either Adidas or ABCD camp. And it seems as if he has a plan for this summer, and that plan is to dominate everyone he plays.

"Just to go out and dominate every game and whoever I'm going up against," Crittenton said about playing this summer. If they're not ranked or if they are ranked it doesn't matter, I'm still going to play the same way."

But no matter what event he is at, he is still going to be out to prove the non-believers wrong.

"Of course, if anyone is going to doubt me, I'll show them different and prove them wrong."


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