Over the years, the WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) has produced great talent that ends up playing well at the collegiate level. We see what former Bishop O’Connell standout Melo Trimble is doing. Last season DeMatha alumni Jerian Grant was a top player in the nation and ended up as a first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
This season, former Gonzaga guard Bryant Crawford is making some noise at Wake Forest. But before we glance over what Crawford has done at college, let’s take a look at his time in high school. During his senior campaign, Bryant averaged 13.1 points, 5.5 assist, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game. Bryant Crawford was one of the top players in the WCAC and in the area.
He was named 1st-Team All-WCAC, and DC Gatorade Player of the Year. He helped the Purple Eagles beat DeMatha in the conference championship. In that game, Crawford went for eight points, seven assists and three rebounds.
Bryant was rated as a four-star by ESPN, Scout, and Rivals. ESPN had him listed as the No.18 point in the country and No.80 overall player. Before committing to Wake Forest, Crawford had offers from SMU, Georgetown, NC State, Indiana, Marquette, Tennessee, and Memphis.
Now in college, Bryant Crawford is averaging 13.2 points per game which is second best on the Demon Deacons roster but he leads the team in steals and assist per game. Crawford had four games where he scored 20 or more points.
In Wake Forest last game against Notre Dame, Crawford scored 17 points in the first half and finished with 20 points. When Wake Forest played Indiana on November 23, Crawford made a couple of clutch baskets to beat the Hoosiers 82-78. He ended up with 13 points in that game also.
The only major problem with Bryant is turnovers. Crawford averages 3.6 turnovers per game. There’s been six games this year where he committed five or more turnovers. But the last two games, Crawford had less than two turnovers.
In his first year playing basketball on the collegiate level, Bryant Crawford has been pretty impressive. He has displayed his potential to be a solid guard in the NCAA and if he keeps improving, we might see him in the NBA once his college career is over.
Ryan McFadden is a freshman at Iona College and alumni from DeMatha Catholic High School. He is a sports writer for the Ionian, and Terrapin Station. He is also the founder of Inside The Locker Room. Follow him on Twitter @RMcFadden15.
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