Setting Visits

A versatile big man who feels equally at home in the paint or on the perimeter is beginning to narrow down his list of schools, and has identified three schools he will visit.

Overland Park's Casey Crawford has offers from a number of schools but has begun to pare that list down to a more manageable level.

"Right now, I will definitely visit West Virginia, Wichita State and Minnesota," Crawford said of his plans. "I haven't set any dates yet, but I hope to visit West Virginia sometime in August."

Those aren't all the schools Crawford will visit, however. He said that he may take "one or two" more official visits before making his college choice, but plans to get them all completed in time to sign a letter of intent during the early signing period in November. Colorado, Kansas State and Nebraska are three other schools that likely remain in the hunt for visits.

West Virginia first got in touch with Crawford during the spring, and put on a heavy rush during the summer season.

"I talk with Coach Beilein and Coach Maker a good bit, and they were at all of my AAU tournaments," Crawford said.

The WVU coaching staff sees a number of similarities between Crawford and current Mountaineer star Kevin Pittsnogle, and they aren't alone in that assessment.

"I have the versatility to go inside and outside, so I've heard a lot of people tell me I play like Pittsnogle," Crawford said. "I take that as a great compliment, because he is a very good player.

"I watched West Virginia play the whole tournament, and I like how they play," said the forward, who is ranked #22 in the nation as his position by "I like the offense they run, and I think I would be a good fit there."

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