"I got to know all the schools well that were recruiting me and Wake was the best school recruiting me. I couldn't ask for anything more. The academics, the conference, and the basketball program are amazing. There's no way I could find a better place."
"I loved it down there," he continued. "My mom said I would love the campus because she had been there when she lived there...The campus was perfect, the town was great, the guys on the team were amazing, and the Joel looked like it would be crazy there."
While Crawford got a chance to meet the current Demon Deacon team, he has also had the chance to meet or be in touch with several other future Deacons as well. "Actually, a couple of [the recruits] have facebook so we're on there," he said. "L.D. [Williams,] Anthony Gurley, and Chas [McFarland] have that. I've played against Chas and I've also played against Jamie [Skeen."]
As the sixth recruit in the class of 2006, Crawford is expected to earn some minutes next season in a Demon Deacon uniform. "They're labeling me as a 4-man with 3 capabilities," Crawford said. "I can go outside and hit the three and help to stretch out the defense. [The coaches] want me to come in, put on some weight, and work hard because college is much different than high school. They want me to step in and get the minutes."
Crawford's versatility and outside shot will certainly help the 6'10 forward get on the court this next year. "I'm not a strictly a low-post player but not just a 3-point shooter either," he noted. "I'm a versatile 4. I can shoot from outside but I can go down and post up. Also I think my tenacity is a plus. I work really hard out there and don't take plays off. But mainly, it's my versatility and using match-ups to my advantage."
Crawford, who is working on his overall quickness and strength as he prepares to attend Wake Forest, will sign with the Demon Deacons this week. Crawford will hold his signing ceremony at 3:00 on Wednesday at his school.