CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- Gonzaga (DC) point guard Bryant Crawford impressed observers with his play at…
NBPA: Crawford Talks Timelines
Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga four-star Bryant Crawford is one of the top point guards in the 2015 class, and the 6-foot-1, 160-pounder caught up with Scout.com to discuss the latest with his recruitment at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va. "This has been a good experience, it is always good to play against some really talented players," Crawford said. "It definitely pushes you to bring it every game." When it comes to recruiting, the four-star point guard said he isn't ready to make up his mind just yet, but he is moving in that direction. Crawford said he is hoping to squeeze in a few visits this summer, and make a decision sometime before is high school season. "I am going to be busy this month with camps and stuff, but I am trying to get to a few more visits scheduled," Crawford said. "I don't feel like I am ready to decide yet, but maybe by the end of the summer I will have a better idea, and then I can set up my official visits and make a decision." Crawford holds offers from Georgetown, Villanova, Maryland, and the latest school to join the mix, Louisville. "I was excited when I found out about the offer [from Louisville] and going down there for the visit was nice. It was a really fun experience," Crawford said. "It was a little shocking because to be honest I didn't even how far Kentucky was from Maryland, it is actually really close, so that was pretty surprising. "I wasn't really expecting it to be as nice as it was down there. I thought it was going to be a little more country," Crawford said. "It was a really nice experience, they have great facilities, and I liked the coaches and the vibe of the team." Crawford said he has a strong bond with Louisville's new assistant, Kenny Johnson, who has ties to the DMV region. "Coach [Kenny] Johnson has been recruiting me since I was in high school, and he was at Paul VI," Crawford said. "We stay in contact, and we have a good relationship. I enjoy talking to him." The Bulldogs standout was also impressed with head coach Rick Pitino. "I thought he was a nice person, and he always has a lot of energy, ready to work to get his players better," Crawford said. "He was actually a really fun person, and he pushes his guys hard, but he seemed like he could be relaxed and chill sometimes too. " Earlier this month, Crawford visited Villanova to check out the campus, and get to know the coaching staff more. "I like the coaching staff there. They play a lot of guards, so that is something that stood out," said Crawford, who is interested in pursing his passion for drawing. "They showed me their arts building, I saw that at Louisville too, so that was cool." Crawford was scheduled to visit Maryland a few days before his trip to Louisville, but he had to change his plans due to family visiting from out of town. Still, Maryland could be a prime contender for the local guard. "I have been talking to coach Bino [Ranson], and I was supposed to go over there but I had to reschedule my trip, so I am still working on that," Crawford said. "I definitely still want to go over there though." Another local school, Georgetown, is also hoping to get Crawford on campus before the end of the summer. "Georgetown is a great, I have a great relationship with coach [Kevin] Broadus. I actually just talked to him about coming to campus," Crawford said. "I haven't been down there for at least a year, so depending on my schedule I am going to try and find a date to go over there." After the summer hoops circuit, and taking a few more visits Crawford said he hopes to set his officials and start thinking about a decision. In the meantime, Crawford said his main goal right now is to keep his focus on the court. "I am always trying to improve, I guess the biggest thing is just cutting down the turnovers and working on my defense."
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