Make no mistake about it, Justin Crosgile, a 5-foot-11, 167-pound point guard from De Paul Catholic in Wayne, N.J., is ready for the spring time.
The jet quick point guard is coming off a strong junior campaign where he helped pilot his team to a 19-5 record while averaging 20 points, six steals, six assists and five rebounds a game.
But if you talk to the three-star prospect there is still plenty in the tank and he hopes to show even more on the AAU circuit.
"I'm real motivated for the AAU season because it is my last year. I want to go out with a bang," Crosgile said.
An injury slowed his season down at the end of the year and his missed five games of action. Crosgile said the time away helped fuel his fire.
"You never know enough to say you have everything down," Crosgile said on his way home from the gym. "I think I did things better this year though. My jump shot was falling. I was hitting more threes. I think my midrange was better. Sometimes I would go to the hole. Our conference is none for taking charges so I had to learn how to pull up and knock down the short range shots and stop on a dime."
Crosgile and his New Jersey Roadrunners team will play in the Playaz Spring Fling the first weekend of April. When the evaluation period opens on the third weekend of April, there will be plenty of college coaches waiting to see him.
As Crosgile puts it, recruiting was "very big this year. Very big."
Crosgile said St. John's, St. Joseph's, Rutgers, Michigan, Seton Hall and Ohio State came in to see him play during the season. Crosgile added St. John's, Rutgers, St. Joseph's, Seton Hall and Houston have offered.
Marquette, Providence, Virginia, Miami, Xavier, Davidson, Cornell and Notre Dame are also showing interest.
Is there a school that has stood out early in the process?
"St. Joe's," Crosgile answered quickly. "They have shown a lot of interest in me. They check up on me a lot. When I got hurt, they called the most. They have told me that they really like me and that I would fit into their program really well. As I see it right now, they have a lot of things going on with what I want to do. They have good guard play and their coaches work really well with their guards."