2008 NBA Draft: Joe Crawford
Full Name: Joseph Reshard Crawford II
Height/Weight: 6-5 (1.96 m)/ 207 (93.9 kg)
Birthdate: June 17, 1986 (Detroit)
High School: Renaissance HS (Detroit)
Career Highlights: Earned Second Team All-SEC honors from the league coaches as a senior. Finished collegiate career as Kentucky’s 19th all-time leading scorer with 1,438 points. Also ranks seventh all-time in three-point field goals made with 186. Started 76 of 127 career games played.
Senior (2007-08): Averaged a team-high 17.9 points (ranked fourth in the SEC), 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Also ranked fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (.762) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.364). Scored 20 or more points 13 times and topped the 30-point mark three times. Set career-high in scoring with 35 points at South Carolina. Registered 32 points vs. Texas Southern. Recorded 21 points vs. North Carolina. Posted 19 points and a season-high eight rebounds vs. Louisville. Tallied 20 points and five assists at Mississippi State. Sank five threes in scoring 26 points at Georgia. Notched 28 points, six rebounds and four assists at Houston. Led team with 24 points vs. Georgia in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Matched career-high with 35 points on 13-for-22 shooting, 5-for-8 from three-point range vs. Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
General Manager Mitch Kupchak
discusses the drafting of Joe Crawford
Junior (2006-07): Averaged 14.0 points (ranked 14th in the SEC), 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Scored 20 or more points six times. Recorded a season-high 29 points, six rebounds and four assists at Georgia. Tallied 24 points at Tennessee. Posted 23 points and four assists at Ole Miss. Notched 16 points and five assists vs. UCLA. Registered 13 points, four rebounds and a season-high six assists vs. DePaul. Scored 15 points vs. Memphis. Contributed 20 points vs. Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament semifinals. Recorded 12 points and four assists vs. Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore (2005-06): Averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 23.8 minutes a contest. Started 22 of 32 games, missing three contests due to a hip pointer. Scored in double figures 17 times. Set season high with 23 points vs. Ohio. Matched season high with 23 points and nine rebounds at Auburn. Posted first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds at Florida and led team with 21 points in the rematch.
Freshman (2004-05): Averaged 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11.2 minutes a contest. Scored in double figures three times. Tallied 12 points and five rebounds vs. William & Mary. Contributed 11 points and five rebounds at North Carolina. Recorded season-high 14 points vs. LSU in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
Strengths: Possesses a solid combination of strength and athleticism at the shooting guard position. Has three-point range. Strong competitor with a solid basketball I.Q.
Personal: Majored in community communications and leadership development.