Gonzaga guard Bryant Crawford to visit Wake Forest, Georgetown

September 5, 2014

After visiting SMU last weekend, Gonzaga senior Bryant Crawford, left, will take official visits to Wake Forest and Georgetown during the next two weekends. (Toni L Sandys/The Washington Post).

The summer wasn’t much of a relaxing time for Bryant Crawford. After missing a chunk of his junior season at Gonzaga because of injuries, the guard brought a renewed hunger to the offseason camp circuit, putting together strong efforts as a scorer and distributor at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, the Kyrie Irving Skills Academy in New Jersey and the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas.

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Crawford’s drive even stretched to more relaxed settings, like the Mary Kline Classic, where he dropped 20 points and just missed out on MVP honors, and last month’s Under Armour Elite 24 in which he finished with seven assists.

“Going there, my goal was to break the assist record. The record was 23,” said Crawford, who finished with seven assists. “But a lot of guys was playing one-on-one. I wasn’t mad about it, though. I was having fun out there.”

The month of September will bring more travels for Crawford as he works toward making his college decision before the start of his senior season at Gonzaga. Last weekend, the 6-foot-3 guard took an official visit to Coach Larry Brown and Southern Methodist in Texas. This weekend, he will officially visit Wake Forest, followed by Georgetown the week after.

Crawford, who narrowed down his long list of suitors to seven (Georgetown, Indiana, Marquette, Memphis, SMU, Tennessee and Wake Forest), will determine his final two official visits after having in-home visits with the other four schools, starting with Tennessee next week.

“I’m looking for a coach that’s going to push me and get me to where I want to be, and that’s playing in the NBA, ” Crawford said. “I want to be able to go in there and have chance to play, have a good bond with team and definitely be at a school that’s good on the academics.”

He came away impressed after his visit to SMU, noting the school’s intriguing art program, its similarities to Gonzaga and the connection he made with Coach Brown and his assistants, K.T. Turner and Ulric Maligi.

“It was a nice campus; not too big, not too small,” Crawford said. “I really enjoyed it.”

While Crawford is making sure to consider all of his options before making a college choice, don’t expect him to drag out the process. After missing his freshman season with a broken leg and being a part of the favored Gonzaga team that was upset in the first round of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament as a sophomore, Crawford has his sights set on championship glory this winter.

“I’m actually more focused on this season right now,” Crawford said. “It’s not just because of the injuries. I feel like we should have won [the championship] already two out of the three seasons we played. So I feel like this is going to be this year.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 9
Straight victories by River Hill in its gridiron matchups with Glenelg. Highly touted Glenelg offensive lineman David Robbins, however, is intent on making this Friday’s meeting different.

PHOTO GALLERY OF THE DAY
Get a behind-the-scenes look at No. 1 Centreville and No. 2 Gonzaga as they prepared this week for Friday’s much-anticipated contest on ESPNU.

VIDEO OF THE DAY
Now that you’ve seen the photos, check out video from a few days spent following the players and coaches from Centreville and Gonzaga in advance of Friday’s 8 p.m. contest at Centreville.

BREAKFAST LINKS
-From the practices to the coaches’ meetings to film study to student spirit activities, here’s the all-access story on how part of the week played out leading up to tonight’s football game between top-ranked Centreville and No. 2 Gonzaga.

-Stonewall Jackson defensive lineman Tim Settle and Hylton offensive lineman Matthew Burrell Jr. will temporarily set aside their friendship Friday when their teams engage in what should be a tightly contested rivalry game.

-No. 17 Eleanor Roosevelt will look to avenge last year’s loss to No. 18 Gwynn Park during Saturday’s Prince George’s Pigskin Classic at Maryland’s Byrd Stadium.

-Because of the suspensions levied by last week’s in-game brawl, both Eastern and Carroll won’t participate in Saturday’s inaugural Pigskin Kickoff Classic. Click here to read more about the new schedule including Anacostia, St. Albans, Maret and Bell.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
Stone Bridge at No. 15 Lake Braddock, 7:30 p.m.
Their first-ever battle last year came down to the wire and Friday’s tilt could play out the same way. Stone Bridge’s large defensive line behind Aaron Crawford will look to push back against Lake Braddock’s high-powered offense led by wide receiver A.J. Alexander and running back Dejoun Lee.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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