Drew Crawford

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Drew Crawford
No. 11 – Bnei Herzliya
Position Shooting guard
League Israeli Basketball Premier League
Israeli Basketball State Cup
Personal information
Born (1990-10-18) October 18, 1990 (age 25)
Naperville, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Naperville Central (Naperville, Illinois)
College Northwestern (2009–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2015 Erie BayHawks (D-League)
2015–present Bnei Herzliya (Israel)
Career highlights and awards

Andrew Eugene "Drew" Crawford (born October 18, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Bnei Herzliya of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. He played his college career for the Northwestern Wildcats basketball team. He was the 2009–10 Big Ten Freshman of the Year (media) and is a two-time Academic All-American as well as a third team 2011–12 All-Big Ten selection. He is the son of National Basketball Association referee Dan Crawford and Claudia, who is of Lithuanian descent.[1] He was third team All Big Ten selection by the media and honorable mention selection by the coaches in 2014.

Early life[edit]

By sixth grade Crawford had given up all other sports to focus on basketball. He was a starter in high school as a sophomore. As both a junior and a senior he was DuPage Valley Conference player of the year. Because of his father's multi-decade career as an NBA referee, Crawford has been exposed to basketball at a high level from an early age. He shot around with LeBron James just before he went pro and also counts Reggie Miller among his early exposures to the game.[2] As a high school basketball player he was rated as the 40th and 72nd best shooting guard in the national class of 2009 by Scout.com and ESPN.com, respectively.[3][4] He was also an A+ student in high school.[2]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Drew Crawford
Naperville, Illinois Naperville (IL) 6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m) 187.5 lb (85.0 kg) Sep 9, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 40 (SG)   ESPN: 72 (SG)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

On December 13, 2009, Crawford scored 35 points against North Carolina A&T.[5] On December 14, 2009, Crawford was named Big Ten Conference player of the week.[6] On March 9, 2010 he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the media (D.J. Richardson earned the same honor from the coaches). That season he was an honorable mention 2009–10 All-Big Ten performer and one of three unanimous All-Freshman selections (along with Richardson and Christian Watford).[7] He concluded the post season with a pair of double-doubles against Purdue on March 12 in Northwestern's final game of the 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament and against Rhode Island on March 17 in Northwestern's only game in the 2010 National Invitation Tournament.[8][9]

On February 3, 2011, Crawford (District 5) was selected by CoSIDA as among the forty Academic All-District players, making him one of 40 finalists for fifteen 2010–11 Academic All-American selections.[10] On March 11, he posted his third career double-double against Ohio State in the 2011 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.[11]

On November 21, 2011, Crawford was named Big Ten player of the week.[12] He scored 34 points on December 22, 2011 against Creighton.[13] On February 23, 2012, Crawford was named to the second team 2011–12 Academic All-Americans second team.[14][15] He was selected as a third team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media.[16]

As a senior, he was a preseason candidate for the 2012-13 men's basketball Senior CLASS Award.[17] On December 14, the team announced that Crawford would have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.[18]

The following year as a redshirt senior, Crawford began the season as the Big Ten active career scoring leader.[19] On November 9, he opened the 2013–14 season with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds against Eastern Illinois.[20] On January 29, Crawford posted 30 points and 8 rebounds to lead Northwestern to a 65–56 victory over (#14 AP Poll/#13 Coaches' Poll)[21] Wisconsin.[22] On January 31, he was again named an Academic All-District by CoSIDA.[23] On February 3, he was named Big Ten Conference Co-Athlete of the week (along with D. J. Newbill).[24] The following day, he was recognized as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the United States Basketball Writers Association.[25] On February 20, he was named a first team Academic All-America selection.[26][27] By the time he celebrated Senior day on March 6, he was the Northwestern all-time leader in games played and games started.[28] Following the regular season Crawford was All-Big Ten 3rd team selection by the media and honorable mention selection by the coaches.[29][30] Crawford was listed on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All‐District 7 second team on March 12.[31][32] Crawford earned his fourth Academic All-Big Ten recognition in 2014.[33]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Crawford joined the New Orleans Pelicans for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[34] On September 29, 2014, he signed with the Orlando Magic.[35] However, he was later waived by the Magic on October 25, 2014.[36][37] Five days later, he was acquired by the Erie BayHawks as an affiliate player.[38] He debuted for the BayHawks with a 22-point, 9-rebound performance against the Idaho Stampede on November 14.[39]

On August 7, 2015, Crawford signed with Bnei Herzliya of the Israeli Basketball Premier League after averaging 16 points, 6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game with the BayHawks.[40]


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  5. ^ "N Carolina A&T 65 (4-6, 1-0 MEAC); Northwestern 90 (7-1, 4-1 home)". ESPN. 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
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  9. ^ "(7) Northwestern 64 (20-14, 7-11 Big Ten); (2) Rhode Island 76 (24-9, 9-7 A 10)". ESPN. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
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  24. ^ "Northwestern, Penn State and Indiana Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  25. ^ "Northwestern's Crawford is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week". United States Basketball Writers Association. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  26. ^ "Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Basketball Teams Announced: Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike and Ohio State Aaron Craft lead the team and are the Capital One Academic All-Americas of the Year for Division I women's and men's basketball, respectively.". College Sports Information Directors of America. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  27. ^ "Craft Named Academic All-America of the Year; Crawford a First-Team Academic All-American". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
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  30. ^ "2013-14 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Team" (PDF). CSTV.com. 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
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  33. ^ "Thirty-Four Men's Basketball Players Named Academic All-Big Ten". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  34. ^ Duber, Vinnie (2014-07-01). "Northwestern's Crawford to play for Pelicans in Summer League". Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  35. ^ "Orlando Magic add Kadeem Batts, Drew Crawford, Seth Curry, Peyton Siva to training camp". InsideHoops.com. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  36. ^ Hornack, Ken (2014-10-25). "Magic waive four to reach 15-player roster limit". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  37. ^ Dunlap, Evan (2014-10-25). "Orlando Magic training camp: Team waives Seth Curry, Peyton Siva, and two others". SB Nation. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  38. ^ "BayHawks Acquire Four Players, Complete Coaching Staff". NBA.com. October 31, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  39. ^ "Erie 96 88 Idaho". NBA.com. November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  40. ^ "Drew Crawford inks with Bnei Herzliya". Sportando.com. August 7, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 

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