32 - Joe Crawford

6-4, 213 Shooting Guard
Kentucky Senior
06/17/86 (34.3 yrs)
Detroit, MI
High School
Team Site Profile
2007 Statistics
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
87 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Charlie Bell/Fred Jones

Derrick Brownson – 3/12/2008

Strengths: Athletic player, who plays bigger than his 6-4 size because of a great vertical leap. Known for his athletic driving lay ups and highlight film dunks … Has became a team leader and has made himself more assertive especially on the offensive end in his senior season … Has shown steady growth in his 4 year stay at Kentucky … Has flourished under Billy Gillispie and became the face of Kentucky basketball this season and one of the main reasons why Kentucky has elevated it’s play down the stretch … Versatile player who is good at many things but not necessarily great at one … Has begun to live up to the potential he showed coming out of college in his past two years … Has solid form on his jumpshot and great potential to be a very good shooter … Above average passer for a 2-guard who is a solid off the ball player with solid driving and shot creating abilities … Plays with heart and works hard on both ends of floor, has shown solid court sense and team leadership skills, he doesn’t try to force plays that aren’t there … Unselfish player, putting the team above himself … Could become a solid NBA player with right team/situation … Most likely at best will become valuable role player on next level … With solid workouts/camp performance has possibility to become a 2nd round pick.

Weaknesses: Undersized at the shooting guard position on the next level, although his athleticism helps to compensate … Must learn to value the basketball, and cut down on turnovers better … Since he’s not really great at one thing, he would need to find right the fit with a team that values what he brings to the table and could possible run 3-guard system at times for him to flourish … Might be better off for his career in the long run to play in Europe for couple years (ala Charlie Bell) to develop certain skills that are needed at the NBA level … Still needs to learn how to get teammates involved better … To his credit, he has shown maturity since freshman year and hasn’t been involved in any issues since … Has never really shot a terrific percentage from 3-point range or free throw (though it’s solid) and can be streaky, as shown when he scored 28 points against Houston and then scored just 5 against a lesser Tennessee Tech team … Plain and simple just needs more developing in his overall game and find a specialty to become valuable in the NBA …

Notes: Was a highly ranked (top 25) player coming out of High School along with Renaissance (MI) running mate Mailk Hairston … Originally committed to University of Michigan but changed his decision to be a part of a freshman class that included Rajon Rondo, and Randolph Morris … Had issues his freshman year under coach Tubby Smith and considered transferring but was ultimately talked out of it …