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Prospect Profile

Jae Crowder

  • Full Name: Jae Crowder
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 225
  • Birthdate: April 6, 1990
  • College: Marquette
Cleveland Cavaliers (Traded to Dallas Mavericks) Round 2: Pick 34

*Pro body
*Can guard several positions
*Good rebounder
*Stat-sheet stuffer

*What position does he play?

NBA projection:
Wes Matthews, Lazar Hayward, Jimmy Butler and now Jae Crowder are all products of a successful program that apparently prepares its best players for the NBA. Crowder is in the mold of his predecessors in that he’s tough, versatile and willing to defend. Crowder has been projected as a second-round pick. His overall package of skills will serve him well.

2011-12 Season:
Crowder was voted the Big East Player of the year and an All-American after helping lead Marquette to a 27-8 record, 14-4 in the Big East. He ranked among the league leaders in seven statistics.

Key statistics:
17.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 tpg, 2.5 spg, 1.0 bpg, 32.9 mpg, .498 FG, .345 3PT, .735 FT

Cool statistic:
Crowder was just the fifth player in school history to reach 1,000 career points in two seasons. The others were George Thompson (1966‐68, 1,187), Dean Meminger (1968‐70, 1,021), Dwyane Wade (2001‐03, 1,281) and Darius Johnson‐Odom (2009‐11, 1,026).

Reminds me of:
Draymond Green

What Insiders Say:
Marquette coach Buzz Williams
“I think his path to Marquette is a story in and of itself, and I think his time with us has been a story in itself as well. Both of them are really good stories. Both of them speak to who he is as a person. I think his trajectory as a player and his value to our team, from the day that he arrived on campus … it's hard to quantify what he's meant to us.”

What Outsiders Say:
Florida coach Billy Donovan
"He impacts the game maybe more than any other player in the country. He's a tremendous offensive rebounder. He's a great defender. He comes up with loose balls, deflections. He is a great outlet passer to start the break. He has incredible stamina with the way he can run up and down the floor. He shoots threes. And maybe the most underrated part of his game is he's a phenomenal passer. I love his motor. I love how hard he plays. I love how he competes."

BYU coach Dave Rose
“The toughest thing is, when you crowd him on the perimeter, he can get right past you. And then when they don't play through him, he is so aggressive on the weak side of the basket, trying to rebound the ball, that the best way you probably could play him is not let him touch the ball. But it's hard when a post guy can go to the perimeter and is as skilled as he is and can shoot from the perimeter. You try to say, okay, just keep him away from the basket, and he still has enough skill to score.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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