Four-star guard Bryant Crawford beginning to take visits

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Gonzaga College High School has had an impressive recent history of producing point guards. Tyler Thornton was a consistent performer at Duke for four years, while Nate Britt started as a freshman at North Carolina.

Next up is Bryant Crawford, a 6-foot-2 prospect and one of the top 20 best point guards in the country.

"He's the ultimate pass-first point guard," said Steve Turner, head coach at Gonzaga (D.C.). "He's a throwback to the point guards in the era I grew up in. Some of the guys now can score 30 points, but no one else gets a touch. He would rather have 15 assists than 30 points. But he's multi-dimensional, showing folks he can score the ball."

On the EYBL circuit with Team Takeover, Crawford is averaging 11.8 points and 3.9 assists.

"He has the ability to see a couple plays ahead," Turner said. "You keep running, he's going to make sure you get it. Bigs like playing with him. He's so unselfish, making the pass."

Ranked No. 76 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2015, Crawford is being pursued by a long list of schools. The recruiting process hasn't become too serious for him yet, though, as he is just beginning to hit the visit circuit.

"He hasn't really been on a lot of campuses," Turner said. "He hasn't been to all the places recruiting him. He wants to build stronger relationships, see where the head coaches stand, see where he fits in. Information he can have on paper."

Crawford has previously taken trips to Georgetown and Indiana, and the Hoosiers are still in the mix despite assistant coach Kenny Johnson leaving for Louisville. Turner said that head coach Tom Crean has taken on the lead recruiter role with Crawford.

North Carolina State and Wake Forest have also offered Crawford, while Villanova hosted Crawford for a visit last week.

"He said he enjoyed it," Turner said. "He got a whole different perspective. He didn't know campus was as big as it is. He's been there for madness and team camp and things like that, but never had opportunity to tour the school. Coach [Jay] Wright was able to paint a picture if he makes the decision to go there. He got along with the players."

Crawford might visit Maryland this week, and a trip to Louisville on Wednesday is also scheduled. The four-star prospect is expected to make a decision before the high school season, according to Turner.

Over the next couple of months, Crawford will play in the NBPA Top 100 camp and Nike Peach Jam, while also gaining invites to the Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Chris Paul camps, as well as USA Basketball.

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