Posted on: May 7, 2010 7:51 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2010 7:52 pm
Xavier sophomore Jordan Crawford will remain in the NBA Draft, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Friday.
The school will make a formal announcement Friday night.
Crawford averaged 20.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season, his first at Xavier after spending his freshman year at Indiana The 6-foot-4 guard is a likely first-round pick. The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft is Saturday.
Posted on: April 7, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: April 7, 2010 11:53 am
Cincinnati freshman Lance Stephenson said last month that he planned to return to school.
Those plans have changed.
The former New York high school star will now enter the NBA Draft, UC officials announced Wednesday morning. Stephenson won't "test" the process like many college players are doing -- among them Texas' Avery Bradley and Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney -- and leave open the possibility of withdrawing from the draft by the May 8 deadline. He is in, for better or worse, and will likely sign with an agent soon.
Stephenson averaged 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds this season.
He's a likely second-round pick, at best, because of questions about his ability and character.
Meantime, the mother of Xavier star Jordan Crawford announced that her son is entering the NBA Draft via her Twitter account Wednesday morning. Unlike Stephenson, Crawford has no plans to immediately hire an agent. He'll way for feedbak from NBA officials before making a final decision.
Crawford averaged 20.5 points and 4.7 rebounds this season.
He's a possible first-round pick.
Posted on: October 26, 2009 10:33 am
Edited on: October 26, 2009 10:33 am
You're bound to have mistakes when you start ranking players 25, 30 or 40 deep at different positions.
It even happens to me.
So in an attempt to be a stand-up guy, I'm here to acknowledge three mistakes in the player rankings, all of which were oversights and nothing more. To be clear, I'm not interested in arguing about whether somebody ranked 21st should really be 16th, because things get pretty subjective when you get past the top three or four at any position. Plus, those debates are so last week. But I did leave off three guys who absolutely should've been included, and I'd like to set the record straight right now.
Mistake No. 1: Jordan Crawford (Xavier)
Crawford averaged 9.7 points two years ago as a freshman at Indiana, and there's reason to believe he'll improve on those numbers this season at Xavier. In fact, he could challenge Dayton's Chris Wright for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors.
So why did Crawford not make the shooting guards and wings list?
Because I'm stupid, that's why.
Mistake No. 2: Arnett Moultrie (UTEP)
Moultrie averaged 8.8 points and 8.2 rebounds last season and was the best freshman in Conference USA not named Tyreke Evans. He's a 6-foot-11 forward who used that body of work to earn an invitation to play for Team USA this past summer in the FIBA under-19 World Championships.
So why did Moultrie not make the big forwards and centers list?
Because I'm stupid, that's why.
Mistake No. 3: Arinze Onuaku (Syracuse)
Leaving Onuaku out was the most frustrating of all because I love this dude. He's a big-bodied post player who shot 29.8 percent from the free throw line last season, which is hilarious. But he also averaged 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, and those are nice numbers for a guy who isn't the focal point of anything.
So why did Onuaku not make the big forwards and centers list?
Because I'm stupid, that's why.
Posted on: August 6, 2009 5:08 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2009 5:10 pm
LeBron James spoke publicly about the dunk for the first time Thursday and denied that he played a role in a Nike official confiscating evidence of its existence.
"First of all, I never told anyone to confiscate any tapes," James told TNT's David Aldridge at the National Association of Black Journalists' convention. "Nike has a no videotaping policy at pickup games. They've always done that. It just so happened that LeBron was involved, so now it's blown up. But it's a play in the game of basketball that happens all the time. You can go on YouTube right now and see me getting dunked on by a lot of guys. I mean, I like to call myself a shotblocker sometimes, and that tends to happen sometimes, when you just don't judge the ball right."
Xavier's Jordan Crawford famously dunked on James in a pickup game last month at the LeBron James Skills Academy. Less than 24 hours after it happened, freelance photographer Ryan Miller explained to CBSSports.com how Nike's Lynn Merritt confiscated his tape of the incident, and the story created a public relations nightmare for both Nike and its biggest basketball star.
For weeks, the dunk remained a mystery.
But footage of the dunk ultimately surfaced on TMZ.com.
Posted on: July 24, 2009 6:00 pm
LAS VEGAS -- Poor King James.
The guy can't even go to a club in Los Angeles without hearing about Jordan Crawford's dunk.
As always, TMZ.com has the footage.
Click this link to check it out.
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:17 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2009 4:29 pm
LAS VEGAS -- TMZ has posted a grainy video of Jordan Crawford's now-famous dunk on LeBron James.
Click this link to be underwhelmed.
As I wrote earlier, there was no way the actual dunk would ever match the hype of the dunk, and that seems to be the case. I mean, it looks just about like every other one-guy-dunks-on-another-guy highlight you've ever seen, only difference being you can hardly see it because of the poor quality of the video. And that's why Nike was silly to try to prevent the public from seeing this, because its actions led to freelance photographer Ryan Miller telling me how Nike Senior Director Lynn Merritt confiscated his tape of the dunk, which led to me writing about it , which led to tons of negative headlines nationally and even a skit on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien."
It's been a public relations nightmare for Nike and, to a lesser degree, James.
And never had to be this way.
Had Nike let Miller keep his tape, a few thousand people woud've seen Crawford dunk on James via YouTube. It would've probably been linked on The Big Lead and Deadspin, and that's about it. But because of Nike's mishandling of the situation, a few million people will now see Crawford dunk on James via TMZ, and Nike's image has been considerably bruised in the process, all because of a power-hungry executive who overstepped his boundaries trying to protect somebody who never needed to be protected in the first place.
UPDATE: Ebaumnation.com has a better version up now.
Posted on: July 10, 2008 4:46 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2008 4:52 pm
Former Indiana standout Jordan Crawford is transferring to Xavier.
That means the Musketeers will have two players in their program who were supposed to be Hoosiers this season -- the other being Terrell Holloway, who signed with IU but was granted a release after Tom Crean took over the mess left behind by Kelvin Sampson. Meantime, Crean will have just one returning player to work with: Former walk-on Kyle Taber.
Crawford averaged 9.7 points last season, fourth on the team behind Eric Gordon (now in the NBA), D.J. White (now in the NBA) and Armon Bassett (transferred to UAB). Under normal circumstances the 6-foot-4 guard would sit out this season because of NCAA transfer rules, but Xavier plans to request a waiver citing the turmoil at IU that precipitated Crawford's transfer, though it's unclear whether it will be granted.
Either way, Crawford will have three years of eligibility remaining whenever he starts playing again.
Posted on: June 11, 2008 4:55 pm
Jordan Crawford is leaving Indiana.
School officials confirmed Wednesday that the rising sophomore has decided to transfer and leave new coach Tom Crean with just one scholarship player who is set to return for the 2008-09 season. Put another way, the Indiana team that won 25 games last season will be without its top 10 scorers, meaning the recovery from the scandal-ridden Kelvin Sampson era will likely be more difficult than anybody could've ever expected.
The lone IU veteran will be Kyle Taber.
He averaged 1.3 points per game last season.
Crawford averaged 9.7 points per game last season.