OhioPrepScene Spotlight Youth Player of the Month

We present our March Youth Athlete of the Month.

For the month of March, OhioPrepScene profiles Chris Crockett, an explosive 5'8 point guard from New Albany. Chris is an 8th grader at Columbus Academy College Preparatory School in Gahanna.  This past season, Chris followed up on a great 7th grade season, where as team captain, he led his team to a league championship and a final record of 14-1.  As an 8th grader, Chris started as point guard, averaged 19.9 points per game, and was again named team and league MVP.

With his stellar play last summer on the AAU circuit with the Cincinnati Bearcats and All-Ohio Red, and his standout performance at the Blue Chip Camp in Georgetown, Kentucky, Chris drew attention from basketball scouts.  Chris parlayed a great summer of basketball into a state and national ranking.  Specifically, Chris has been ranked as the 57th best player in the nation, and the # 1 point guard in Ohio by the Hoop Scoop, a nationally respected scouting service.

Although Chris has received a number of individual honors, which includes an All-Tournament Team selection at the 2003 BCI National Qualifier in Louisville, Kentucky, he is a team player who enjoys distributing the rock to his teammates.  As the floor leader for his middle school team, Chris resisted the urge to "take over," opting instead to use his great ball handling skills to keep his teammates involved in the games.

As preparation for high school basketball next season-he is expected to log major minutes with the varsity squad-Chris will again hit the AAU and camp circuit this coming summer.  After much debate, Chris has finally decided play summer basketball with Ron Harris' Cincinnati Bearcats.

In addition to basketball, Chris has performed equally as well in the classroom, and sports an overall GPA of 3.4.  His other interests include: football-he is an explosive running back who expects to see action on the varsity team in the fall-; track; swimming; playing the drums and watching movies.  We will keep an eye on Chris' progress this summer, and as he makes the transition to high school sports.

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