Crowder with the Mavericks
|No. 9 – Dallas Mavericks|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
July 6, 1990 |
Villa Rica, Georgia
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Villa Rica (Villa Rica, Georgia)|
|College||South Georgia Tech (2008–2009)
Howard College (2009–2010)
|NBA draft||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Not being heavily recruited out of high school, Crowder committed to South Georgia Tech and later Howard College, where he led the team to an NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in his sophomore season, in which he was also named State Farm Junior College Player of the Year. After his career at Howard College ended, he transferred to Marquette, where he was named Big East Player of the Year in his senior season. After his senior year ended, he declared himself eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft, where he was drafted as second round 34th pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers and traded to the Mavericks on draft night.
- 1 Early life and high school career
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 NBA career statistics
- 5 Style of play
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life and high school career
Jae Crowder was born on July 6, 1990 in Villa Rica, Georgia to Helen Thompson and basketball player Corey Crowder. Crowder attended Villa Rica High School, where he played as starting quarterback for the football and as starting point guard for the basketball team, respectively. Crowder spent the summer holidays in Florida, working out and training with his father, then a professional basketball player, with 2 years experience in the NBA playing in Europe. Growing up, he was undersized and suffered from obesity, weighing nearly 200 pounds in his junior year. Eventually, he called his father, to help him lose weight. By the end of his junior year, he had grown to 6–4 feet and turned most of his fat into muscles.
Due to his late blossoming, Crowder was not heavily recruited out of high school, although he had some offers in football. He committed to South Georgia Technical College but after it became unaccredited, he eventually transferred to Howard College for his sophomore season. After his junior college eligibility ended, he transferred to Marquette.
South Georgia Tech
In his only season with South Georgia Tech, he led the Raiders to their first-ever NJCAA national tournament appearance in his freshmen season, with the team finishing on a 21–7 record. He was named Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Player of the Year that season.
In his sophomore season with the Howard Hawks in 2010, Crowder was not only named State Farm Junior College Player of the Year but also helped the team win its first-ever NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. In the final game he registered 27 points and 12 rebounds in an 85–80 overtime victory against Three Rivers Community College. He averaged 18.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game as a sophomore while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 76.0 percent from the free throw line.
After his strong season with the Howard Hawks and the end of his junior college career, Crowder transferred to Marquette University, selecting the Golden Eagles over UNLV, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech and Illinois State, among others. He averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in his first season with Marquette. Some basketball statisticians believe Crowder was statistically the best all-around player during the 2010–2011 season. On January 1, 2011, Crowder recorded a career high 29 points and 8 rebounds in a game against the West Virginia Mountaineers. On March 30, 2012, Crowder was named East Perfect Player of the Game in the Reese's College All-Star Game.
For the 2011–2012 season season, Crowder averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Crowder led Marquette to a second place finish in the Big East, as well as their second consecutive Sweet 16. Jae was named Big East Player of the Year, as well as an AP Second-Team All American.
After finishing his college career, Jae Crowder decided to enter the 2012 NBA Draft, where he was projected to be a second round draft pick. Crowder was taken 34th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers; however, a draft night-trade with the Mavericks sent him to Dallas, along with 24th overall pick Jared Cunningham and 33rd overall pick Bernard James, in exchange for 17th overall pick Tyler Zeller and Kelenna Azubuike. He was officially signed on July 20, 2012 on a non-guaranteed two-year contract, like all second round draft picks. His Marquette teammate Darius Johnson-Odom was also drafted with the 55th overall pick.
Due to his strong showing in NBA Summer League and preseason games, he was described as "the steal of the NBA Draft", averaging 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks in 22 minutes per game in the preseason and 16.6 points, 1.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 2.0 steals and 41.7 percent shooting in Summer League, where he was also voted into the All-Summer League team. This strong showing raised expectations in the young player, as he was viewed as possibly the Maverick's new franchise player and possibly a future All-Star.
His stellar play earned him a spot in coach Rick Carlisle's rotation, a feat extremely rare for the coach, who heavily relies on more experienced players. He debuted in the season opening win against the highly favored Los Angeles Lakers. After franchise player Dirk Nowitzki missed most of the early season with an arthroscopic knee surgery and starting small forward Shawn Marion was also injured, Jae Crowder became the team's starting small forward. With Marion and Nowitzki's returns, Crowder's minutes decreased. His contribution started to dwindle a bit starting around the all-star break, when he admitted that he hit the "rookie wall". The Mavericks were never able to recover from Nowitzki's injury and missed the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, with Crowder averaging 5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in 17.3 minutes.
On November 5, 2013, Crowder recorded a career-high 18 points in a 123-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. On February 27, 2014, Crowder was assigned to the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League. He was recalled the next day. On March 1, 2014, he was re-assigned to the Legends.  He was recalled the next day.
On June 10, 2014, the Mavericks exercised their team option on Crowder's contract.
NBA career statistics
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|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Style of play
Crowder is known for his good all around-play and his positional flexibility. He is a rugged defender with a strong, muscular stature and a good rebounder. He has a good midrange shot and postplay, as well as being solid from long range, averaging .498 from the field and .345 from the three-point line in his senior season at Marquette. Crowder has a tremendous work ethic, growing from a chubby kid into a muscular player, training with intense will and commitment to improve his skills. Rick Carlisle compared him to Tayshaun Prince, whom he coached while with the Detroit Pistons, stating: "Jae just has a maturity beyond his years. He’s got a natural motor and a natural, real, pure basketball energy. He’s the kind of guy who would fit in on any team."
Crowder's father, Corey, played in the NBA for the Utah Jazz and the San Antonio Spurs and had a 14 year-spanning career as a professional, mostly playing in Europe. Jae calls his father every day to get advice, as his father already experienced everything he is experiencing now. He majored in communication studies at Marquette's Diederich College of Communication and has seven siblings.
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- "Crowder comes out of nowhere to lead Marquette". Chicago Tribune. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
- Leddy, Rick (30 March 2012). "MARQUETTE'S CROWDER LEADS EAST ALL-STARS TO WIN IN REESE'S COLLEGE ALL-STAR GAME". http://www.nabc.org. NABC. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
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- "Rookie Jae Crowder getting ready to replace Shawn Marion". ESPN. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
- "Jae Crowder, a rare Maverick draft find, wants to be in Dallas for life". Dallas Morning News. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- Notebook: Mavericks 123, Lakers 104
- MAVERICKS ASSIGN CROWDER, JAMES AND LARKIN TO TEXAS LEGENDS
- Mavericks re-assign Jae Crowder and Shane Larkin to D-League
- "Mavs Exercise Team Option On Jae Crowder". HoopsRumors.com. June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
- "Corey Crowder NBA & ABA Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
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