Colorado locks down Top-60 in-state product Andrew Crawford


THE LEAD

Andrew Crawford, the 54th overall prospect in 2024, has committed to Colorado. The Buffs locked down the in-state product over the likes of Stanford, Oregon and others.

 


BACKGROUND

Crawford broke out on the national front this summer with KC Run GMC, but the ingredients were ever-present the summer prior playing with future teammate Assane Diop, former five-star Baye Fall and the Colorado Hawks. The Thunderridge (CO) native put up 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists on the UA Circuit. While Colorado had been tracking Crawford since early in his high school career, high major offers just began to file in early in 2023. The late-blooming guard sprouted to 6-6, while adding additional twitch and more sustained shot-making flashes off the bounce. Crawford was included in "Seniors MADE is highest on in the industry" earlier this year.


SOUND BITE

Crawford on what separated Colorado from the pack…


“The different maker for me was the commitment they showed me from the jump. I constantly got calls and texts from them, and they kept a relationship throughout. They’ve been in the gym whereever I play at and that was a huge deal for me.”


On their long-term vision…


“CU sees me as a combo guard, who is out there to play-make and play great defense. Players like Derrick White and Alec Burks are players they’ve envisioned me as.”


WHAT’S NEXT?

After locking in the highest rated recruit in program last cycle in Cody Williams along with a few other vastly intriguing pieces, the Buffs have quietly put together another fantastic class. Now, the full focus turns towards edging out USC for Cali-based, Slovakian-born wing Sebastian Rancik to round out their 2024 class. 


MY TAKE

The Colorado staff did an excellent job here, outlasting a number of programs who entered the mix after a nice summer. Crawford’s best basketball is well ahead of him, as the natural feel for the game and pace popped early, but the momentum grew as he began to knock down shots from different areas and evolved physically. We’re the highest on Crawford than anyone in the industry, largely due to his steady progression as a prototypical combo-guard and indicators for more long-term. A high level downhill playmaker with a rapid decision-making process, he's at his best attacking closeouts and turning slight advantages into easy looks for himself and others in the half-court. The Buffs have began to make a theme of identifying promising prospects out west before their national ascension, and it’s paying dividends. It’ll take time to settle into the physicality, and the weight room will be key, but Crawford has All-Big 12 upside long-term.

 

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