Class of 2015 Gonzaga College High School (DC) point guard Bryant Crawford represented his area well on Saturday night at the Elite 24 in Brooklyn, New York.
He was not scoring a lot, but his passing was crisp, and showed off some of his athleticism as well. He was the leader in assists, compiling eight on the evening.
He truly represented his area, being the only player at the event from the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. And from my observations, he seemed to embrace knowing that. He looked to be having fun, and that seemed to exude when I talked to him.
"It's an honor," he told me. "But I am still not where I want to be. I am trying to be number one, but it was still fun playing in this game. Being with some of the talented players I have seen all summer, so it's always a good time playing in stuff like this."
After this event, Crawford is preparing for his last year of high school, and plans to have a killer mentality. And for good reason, too. Last season, he was banged up and his play subsequently suffered. But Crawford wants to go out on top and wants people to know him. Not just at his school, but in the city as well.
"I am going kill senior year. I am trying to go out with a championships," Crawford said. "Both WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) and the city championship. I am just trying to take over the season and leave an impact on the school and the city."
During the spring and summer, Crawford has been doing some of the small things to improve his game and prepare himself for what lies ahead. One thing that he said is important is that he is starting to play the game like he is on the next level. He does not want to play carelessly, and commit silly turnovers.
In terms of his recruitment, Crawford already cut his list and now has two officials set up. Crawford told Big East Coast Bias and Hoyas247 that he has an official to SMU next weekend and Wake Forest the week after. He does have an in-home visit planned with a school, but does not have a date yet. He has been targeted by the Georgetown Hoyas, and Crawford has expressed mutual interest.