Upstate Forward Looks Ahead To Summer

Reporter Mike Sullivan updates the regular season basketball progress of a soon to be senior prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York ....

Jermaine Crumpton, a 6-foot-5 forward prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, is a player to watch this spring and summer on the AAU circuit.

"Jermaine really matured this year becoming our number one scoring threat," said second-year head coach, Sal Costantino.

"He finished well around the basket and showed a consistant mid range game."

Crumpton averaged 17 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two assists per game for Niagara Falls High School during the 2011-2012 season.

Costantino said Jermaine plans on working hard on a few aspects of his individual game. "As the summer comes he looks to work on his ballhandling skills and his three point shooting where at the next level he can play some inside and outside."

Crumpton had initially given a verbal commitment to Canisius but the coaching staff is no longer employed there. "He is waiting to see what happens at Canisius as far as a coaching selection after verbally committing to them earlier," said Costantino.

On reversing his verbal commitment: "He's open, now," Costantino said. "He's open to any schools that want to recruit him. It's because Canisius let go the head coach."

Previously, Crumpton scored 14 points to help his team upend Lockport in the quarterfinal of the playoffs.

In his best game in 2011-2012 regular season, Crumpton produced 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds earlier this year.

WHAT HEAD COACH SAL COSTANTINO OF NIAGARA FALLS HIGH SCHOOL SAYS ABOUT Jermaine Crumpton'S INDIVIDUAL BASKETBALL GAME:

Crumpton has improved his play near the basket and is a more consistent player on the offensive side of the ball.

Crumpton played well at several individual team camps in the upstate New York area.

In one particular event, and in a championship game, he ripped off 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds showing he can be dominant in two many important parts of the game.


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