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Casey Crawford done at CU

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    http://www.buffzone.com/ci_14666382

    Casey Crawford, a 6-foot-9 junior who sparked the Buffs to a pair of key conference wins down the stretch, is leaving the program.

    The Wake Forest transfer Bzdelik once projected as a potential impact player in CU's Princeton-style offense, has decided to clean out his CU locker to pursue a professional playing career overseas.

    Crawford, a member of the All-Big 12 academic team, will graduate in May with a degree in

    "I'm at a point in my life where I want to move on," Crawford said during an interview with the Camera on Friday after meeting with Bzdelik. "Everyone knows my college career has been up and down. I'm graduating and ready to do something else."

    Since Crawford is graduating, his departure will not have a negative impact on CU's Academic Progress Report.

    And Bzdelik can use the scholarship to sign an extra big man.

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    If we could have bottled what Casey did for 1 1/2 games against ISU and NU, we would have really had something.

    Oh well.

    Best of luck to Casey.

    Coach Bz: find us three big men who aren't afraid to get nasty.
     
  2. aik

    aik Club Member Club Member

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    Congrats to Casey and thanks for his service to the Buffs. While we'll miss the experience, losing a big guy who likes to stay behind the arc and is streaky on most days may help if we can get that extra big man with the scholly.
     
  3. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    Strange. A roll player at CU quitting to pursue professional basketball?
     
  4. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    your retarded right?
     
  5. dcbuffman

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    I'd like to know the European team that's going to sign CC. Crawford had two or three decent games in his career at CU. He can't defend; he can't play with his back to the basket Hell, he can barely play. There's no mystery why he couldn't get any minutes at Wake and why he got few minutes with the Buffs.

    Lots of skilled players who don't quite have the chops for the NBA do really well in Europe. Casey Crawford isn't going to be one of those guys.

    Go to law school, dude. In law school, it doesn't matter if you can't jump and your footwork sucks.....
     
  6. aik

    aik Club Member Club Member

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    Hey, the man's getting his degree and still has love for the game. He can now spend next year getting paid to play it somewhere if he's not picky about location and whenever he's lived out that dream he'll still have that CU degree and can decide what he wants to do with the next phase of his life. Good for him.
     
  7. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Actually it's my retarded. DBT was just borrowing it.
     
  8. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    Lets keep politics out of this.
     
  9. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    Not to dis him, but he could have gotten a years worth of graduate education for free.
     
  10. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Not law school. Can't play basketball and do a 1L year at the same time.
     
  11. wsp4820

    wsp4820 Sally Club Member Junta Member

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    Unless there's a rule you're referencing that I don't know about, you could. It'd be very tough, but you could do it.
     
  12. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Just that I'd be very surprised if someone could handle that.

    But when I did look into law school, many of them did have rules about not working during the 1L year. I'd have to assume that participating in a varsity sport would be frowned upon if not outright barred.
     
  13. L Buff

    L Buff Commissar of the Albuffs Collective Left Club Member

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    Welll ... if he's looking to play overseas ... he certainly isn't going to law school. At least until he's done playing.
     
  14. DBT

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    I wasn't even aware that he was considering law school. I was thinking more along the lines of a Masters in something. Like an MBA. Wouldn't his last year on scholarship pay for that? Oh well, good luck to him. I've got nothing at all against him. His leaving opens up another scholarship.
     
  15. aik

    aik Club Member Club Member

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    If we're to assume three open scholarships, I'd prefer one be used from the pool of Ndiaye/Michel/Loe and the other two when Alex Kirk and Jordin Mayes switch their commitments to the Buffs. :thumbsup:
     
  16. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I'll take Ndiaye (JUCO sophomore center), Loe (Kiwi freshman center) and a junior JUCO power forward with a nasty disposition.
     
  17. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    Then you can book the Buffs to the Sweet 16... right? RIGHT?!
     
  18. 77buff

    77buff Well-Known Member

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    All we need is some bigs, I think we have everything else. We just need some big nasty bangers.
     
  19. Sexton Hardcastle

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    I'm not sure about our PG. Hopefully Sharpe is the answer there.
     
  20. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    That's what I was thinking. I don't have faith in Tomlinson to be the man and with Dwight Thorne out of the mix we need Sharpe to be key.
     
  22. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I like Nate as a player. He's efficient. Good shooter. He gets the team into the offense. And he rebounds well on the defensive end.

    Drawbacks with Nate are that he struggles to stop dribble penetration and doesn't do much penetration of his own to break down a defense. Those are supposed to be Sharpe's strengths.

    With Sharpe stopping penetration and a big guy recruit to challenge shots, we should be much better at stopping teams from simply putting their heads down and driving to the basket next year. That absolutely killed us in '09-10 on the defensive end.

    I'm pretty excited about the prospect of a starting 5 consisting of Sharpe, Higgins, Burks, Athletic PF tbd, and Athletic C tbd. That gives us a bench of Tomlinson, Relphorde, Hornbuckle, Dufault, Athletic PF/C tbd, Tunks, Knutson and Eckloff. So much hinges on recruiting, but I'm betting on Bzdelik matching last year's success (Burks, Relphorde, Sharpe, Hornbuckle, Tunks). Now that he has so much more to sell (Higgins and Burks returning + a new practice facility + the likelihood of Pac 12 excitement + the likelihood of Bz being committed long-term after signing a contract extension), I'd expect that Bz will bring in a great class this April.
     

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