Four-star shooting guard Chris Crawford exploded onto the national scene late in July with his clutch play in the adidas Super 64. Now his recruitment is taking shape, and he has a leader.
Tennessee headlines a school list that also includes Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Memphis and Mississippi State.
"Tennessee stands out," said Crawford, 6-foot-4, 185-pounds from Memphis Sheffield High School. "I love their style of play, and I like all the coaches."
On September 10 Bruce Pearl will be in Memphis to strengthen his bond even more with Crawford. Then on the weekend of September 12, Crawford is scheduled to be in Knoxville.
He also has a visit scheduled for Baylor the following weekend.
Despite the fall recruiting efforts of these schools, it is likely that Crawford will wait until the spring before making a decision. He and the schools recruiting him are well aware that he has academic ground to make up before he can play college basketball.
"Academics are my first priority right now," he said. "I have work to do on my GPA and test score. After I take care of that, then I will focus on choosing a school."
Crawford, who is the No. 66 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, averaged 19 points per game as a junior and played a pivotal role in the Memphis Magic's championship run through the adidas Super 64.
Chris Crawford scouting report:
A silky smooth shooter, Crawford is also a clutch shooter from behind the arc. He is well built at 6-foot-4 and has a physical presence to his game beyond being just a shooter. Not an overwhelming athlete, Crawford does have a deceptive burst.