Monday, February 18, 2008

Scouting Report: Jordan Crawford

This past Saturday, I was in Bloomington, Indiana for the Michigan State-Indiana game. Indiana won by 19 points and Jordan Crawford came off the bench to score twelve points, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out five assists.

Player Name: Jordan Crawford
Current Team: -
NBA Position: SG
Drafted: -
Height/Weight: 6'4"/195
Birthdate: 10/23/88
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
College: Indiana University
Agent: -

Atteneded high school at Communication and Media Arts High; Attended Hargrave Military Academy for Prep School; Was rated as the eleventh best player in 2007 by; Leg injury forced him to miss his senior year in high school; Brother, Joe, plays for Kentucky; Considered North Carolina State, Tennesse, and Xavier before choosing Indiana; Suspended three games for violating team rules during his freshman season; Has had academic troubles in the past.

Can play both guard positions; Has range on his shot; Athleticism; Wingspan; Pull-up jumper;

Shot selection; Prefers to shoot off the dribble, but sometimes forces shots when doing so; Can disappear in games; Needs to improve upper body strength; Struggles to defend bigger guards;

Right now, Jordan Crawford reminds me of current Knicks guard Jamal Crawford (not related). Both are explosive combo guards who are streaky shooters. Both also have the problems of questionable shot selection, ability to defend bigger two guards, and a lack of bulk. Once Eric Gordon leaves Indiana, it will be interesting to see how Crawford develops and matures. He has the ability to be a first round pick if he can shore up the weaknesses in his game.


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