By Roy & Harv Schmidt
We found out this past weekend that Drew Crawford was ready to close out his recruitment, and sure enough that is what the 6'4 guard has decided to do. As a result, he will be staying close to home and playing for a Big Ten school. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye provides you with all you need to know on Crawford's commitment in this blog.
Reliable sources have confirmed to us that Drew Crawford, the 6'4 shooting guard from Naperville Central High School in Naperville, IL, has verbally committed to Northwestern University. Crawford chose the Wildcats over Wake Forest, Loyola-Chicago, Oklahoma State and DePaul.
Drew's father is veteran NBA official Danny Crawford, who told us this past weekend at the Illinois Spot-Lite Fall Exposure Shootout that his son was ready to end his recruitment. "Drew knows where he wants to go (to college), feels most comfortable with his decision and therefore there is no need to wait," Danny said.
There is no question that when it came to making his final decision that Crawford, who is an elite student, was looking for the perfect blend of academics and basketball. Northwestern undoubtedly provides him with that combination. Crawford will have an opportunity to come in and receive considerable playing time early in addition to receiving a quality education at one of the premier academic institutions in the country.
In addition, Crawford also emphasized the outstanding relationship that he has with the Wildcat coaching staff, primarily assistant coach Tavaras Hardy, who was the key man in NU's recruitment of Crawford. He also said that he also felt most comfortable with head coach Bill Carmody after talking with him several times during the summer. How comfortable was Crawford with his decision overall? So much so that he cancelled an official visit that he originally planned on taking to Wake Forest. The Deamon Deacons had also been scheduled for a home visit later this week.
Crawford is undoubtedly one of the biggest stock-raisers among any high school basketball prospect in Illinois after turning in outstanding performances during the July evaluation period at marquee events such as the NIKE Peach Jam in North Augusta, SC and the 17-Under Super Showcase in Orlando, FL. It was at that point that his recruiting interest really started to take off.
What makes Crawford such a valuable recruit for Northwestern above everything else is his penchant for constantly getting it done in crunch time. He always seems to make a big play whenever his team needs it and simply knows how to win. In addition to being an excellent perimeter shooter with 3-point range, he is also capable of putting the ball on the floor, is good in transition, a solid passer and is quite adept at the defensive end because of his long wing span and tremendous work ethic. All in all, Crawford has all of the skills and intangibles which make him a perfect fit for Carmody and the Wildcats.
With Crawford now in the fold, in all likelihood Northwestern is now out of the picture for 6'4 shooting sensation Matt Vogrich from Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, IL. Vogrich has already taken an official visit to Notre Dame and has upcoming officials scheduled for Wake Forest (this coming weekend) and UCLA at the end of the month.