Suns Sign Joe Crispin
Posted: Jan. 7, 2002
The Phoenix Suns added shooting in the backcourt as the club signed free agent guard Joe Crispin for the rest of the season. In conjunction with the move, the club also waived center Daniel Santiago.
Crispin, a 6-0, 185-pounder, was originally signed by the Lakers on Aug. 9 after going undrafted in NBA Draft 2001 and made the Lakers team for the regular season. Crispin played in six games for the Lakers and averaged 1.7 points before the Lakers waived him on Nov. 25. In seven preseason games for the Lakers he averaged 6.4 points, 1.7 assists and 14.4 minutes and ranked 31st in the NBA with .400 shooting from three-point range.
Most recently he played for the Southern California Surf of the ABA and averaged 36.0 points on .477 shooting from the field and .460 from three-point range in the first three games of the season. He tallied a high of 45 points against Kentucky on Dec. 28 when he shot 8-15 from three-point range.
As an undergraduate at Penn State, Crispin gained All-Big Ten First Team honors as a senior after he averaged 19.5 points. He helped the Nittany Lions into NCAA Sweet Sixteen last season for the first time since 1955 when Penn State upset North Carolina in the second round after defeating Providence in the opening round. Crispin averaged 15.6 points and 3.8 assists in 127 career games at Penn State.
Santiago played in three games this season for the Suns after being activated from the injured list on Dec. 27 due to plantar fasciitis. He averaged 2.7 points, 2.3 rebounds in 8.0 minutes. Last season as a rookie Santiago averaged 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.8 minutes in 54 games.