We all remember the hype. ESPN told us about it, they just couldn’t show it to us. Nike was running around acting as if they were the secret service on a highly confidential mission. And all we knew was that some kid dunked on LeBron James.
Then we found out that that kid was Jordan Crawford. If you’re a die-hard fan, you knew he was the Xavier transfer by way of Detroit and that he spent his freshman year playing at Indiana University throughout the Kelvin Sampson fiasco and got out while the getting is good.
We didn’t know a whole lot about him after his season hiatus, but what we did know, is that he was entering this season surrounded by a whole new level of hype.
Crawford didn’t shy away from that hype, as a matter of fact, he embraced it. He led Xavier in scoring, at 19.7 points per contest, as well as adding on five boards and three assists a game, in a season that earned him first team all Atlantic-10 honors.
All season long you could hear the diehards grumbling about “that kid that dunked on LeBron” and his natural ability to score the basketball. They mentioned the poetic drives to the basket and his effortless creative finishes at the rim.
They also brought up his picturesque form on his jump shot, and the near limitless range that went along with it. Then, they started talking about him as a pro-prospect, and a guy to watch out for in the future.
After Crawford’s big time performance today against Minnesota, in which he went off for 28 points, 7 boards, and 5 dimes; I think they will start watching out for him a little bit sooner than they expected.
I also have a slight hunch that by the time things are all said and done in March, those diehards are going to be doing a lot less talking about "that kid that dunked on Lebron" and start talking a little bit more about Jordan Crawford, the stud shooting guard for the Xavier Musketeers.