Casey Crawford

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Casey Crawford (born Weymouth, Massachusetts, October 30, 1987) is an American professional basketball player. He signed to the Canadian team Edmonton Energy in May 2011.[1]

He has played in the FIBA and IBL leagues. He attended Blue Valley North High School 2002-2006, and played collegiately at Wake Forest University (2006-8) and the University of Colorado, where he studied political science (2008–10).[1][2]

His father Steve Crawford was a Major League baseball pitcher.[1]

High school[edit]

Crawford attended Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas from 2002 to 2006, becoming the school's all time leader in points, rebounds and blocks. He averaged over 29 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in his senior season for the Mustangs. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006 for the State of Kansas.[3]

College[edit]

Crawford signed with Wake Forest University after high school and, after an unsuccessful freshman campaign, he transferred to the University of Colorado under Jeff Bzdelik. In line with NCAA Division I ruling, Crawford sat out the 2007-2008 season. For his redshirt-sophomore season he tied a record for most points scored by a transfer in their first game with 14 points against Arkansas Pine Bluff.[3] After up and down playing time, Casey averaged 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. He was fifth on the team in three-pointers made. His 2009-2010 season resulted in similar up and down playing time, ending in averages of 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds. He shot 45% from the three-point line, and had career highs in points (20 points, vs. Nebraska 3/2/2011; and 5 rebounds vs. Colorado Christian). After his junior season, he decided to turn professional and left after graduation.[1][2]

Professional[edit]

After unsuccessful pre-season tryouts with various National Basketball Developmental League teams (Reno Bighorns, Sioux Falls Skyforce,Iowa Energy), Crawford was signed in November by the Coventry Crusaders of the English Basketball League Division 1 team.[1] Crawford averaged 25.8 points, 10 rebounds, shot 41.9% from 3pt, 51.6% fg, 1.4 bpg, 2.0 apg, 95% FT for the season with the Crusaders.[4] After 9 games with the team, the Coventry Crusaders closed due to lack of funds from ownership.[4] In May 2011, Crawford signed with the Canadian team Edmonton Energy.[1]

In August 2011, Crawford signed with the Japanese professional team Akita Northern Happinets of the BJ League. In his first pre-season game, he tallied 30 points against the Chiba Jets http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/sk20110904b1.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Moddejonge, Gerry (2 May 2011). "Crawford ready to play ball". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Kensler, Tom (14 March 2010). "So long to CU’s Casey Crawford". All Things Colorado Sports. Denver Post. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Casey Crawford Biography". University of Colorado. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Casey Crawford". 

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