Numerous sources reported on Tuesday night that 6-foot-5 shooting guard Mike Crawford was off the board with a verbal pledge to Saint Louis.
The Billikens, who once again are expected to be in the hunt for the Atlantic 10 crown in 2012-13, hosted Crawford on a visit just this past weekend. Obviously things went well enough that Crawford announced his decision just two days after returning home.
Crawford hails from Tipton, Indiana where he currently attends his hometown Tipton H.S. (IN). During the off-season summer months and AAU circuit, the guard ran with the Indiana Elite. He is the first commitment from the class of 2013 for Saint Louis.
“He really enjoyed his visit and it just felt right,” Tipton assistant coach Cody Smith told Scout.com‘s Brian Snow. “He said he’s really looking forward to the chance to play for a great program in the Atlantic 10.”
Crawford had been being pursued by a number of mid-major programs including Yale, Stetson, Gardner–Webb, Lamar, and New Orleans. The Billikens were the highest-regarded amongst Crawford’s offers and now he will get the chance to play within the A-10 beginning next season.
Just a few months ago, Saint Louis head coach Rick Majerus was forced to take a leave of absence from the team due to ongoing health concerns. Assistant Jim Crews has taken over the team on an interim basis and will coach the Billikens for the entire 2012-13 season.
With the additions of both VCU and Butler this season, the A-10 is rapidly improving and after nearly nipping top-seeded Michigan State in the Round of 32 a season ago, Saint Louis is back and looking for more magic in March.
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