Javaris Crittenton has started the AAU season with a bang as, according to reports, Crittenton played great in Arkansas at The Real Deal on the Hill as well as in Houston for the Kingwood Classic. The point guard said that he's been working hard and the reason he's playing so well is his work ethic.
"I'm taking the circuit by storm," Crittenton proclaimed. "I told you I was going at everybody, anybody that steps on the court I'm going to go at them."
Crittenton has been hitting the weights as well as the gym almost non-stop since the season ended. He sticks a pretty tough schedule lifting weights Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week and is in the gym just about every day, mainly working on his jump shot. The Southwest Christian Academy product went on to say that he is working on moving up in the rankings as well.
"Of course, I'm never going to doubt myself. It's time for me to move up the ladder," Crittenton said. "People ranked above me last year at this position, after watching me the rest of the summer, everybody is going to have a different opinion."
So with a lot of attention focused on his game lately, many coaches have been in contact with Crittenton and he composed a list of schools that he likes and that are recruiting him the hardest. The rising point guard spouted off Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Florida, Florida State, and Oklahoma.
Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser was in Atlanta on Tuesday and visited with the point guard. Prosser, who already has a top 50 recruit in Jamie Skeen for the class of 2006, met Crittenton at his school and really grabbed his attention.
"Of course he's going to talk about the school, the atmosphere, the academics and the basketball program," Crittenton explained. "I was really impressed with Coach Prosser because you know your going to hear the same speech from a lot of guys, some of the words are verbatim. He was very honest."
"He had a different approach from every other college coach that stepped in my school. He was just straight up honest about academics, about how hard he would push me and things of that nature."
Prosser impressed Crittenton quite a bit and the 8th ranked point guard said Wake Forest is definitely a school he could see himself at.
"I just felt like, not saying that I am attending or verbally committing anywhere, but if I attended that school it would be a great opportunity."
Crittenton explained that he would not be setting up his official visits for a while and that the players are usually what make officials so "special." He also said that he thinks he will make in the fall, but things can always change.
"I told every coach that I was to wait until fall to make my decision. You know that could often change. I could wake up tomorrow and feel like a certain school is going to be the best fit."