Head coach Kermit Davis and his staff have hit the recruiting trail hard. They secured a commitment from talented three-star Shon Robinson earlier this month. And they are now feasting on the remnants of Vanderbilt’s recruiting class now that Bryce Drew has been relieved of his duties in Nashville.
Four-star shooting guard Austin Crowley has been released from his letter of intent from Vanderbilty University and is now committed to the Ole Miss Rebels after an official visit to Oxford. Despite pursuit from Alabama, Creighton, Gonzaga, Memphis, Minnesota, Mississippi State, SMU, and Tennessee among others, the No. 121 player in the country has joined high school three-stars Rodney Howard, Dude Collum, and Sammy Hunter as well as JUCO transfer Bryce Williams.
The Golden Gophers and Rebels were the two finalists earlier in his recruitment when he committed to Drew. Crowley, a senior who is originally from West Point, Miss., was a huge part of Sunrise’s 2018-2019 season, leading them to a 22-5 record and a berth in the GEICO High School Nationals Tournament in New York.
Crowley ultimately chose the Rebels over the aforementioned schools and will join Ole Miss’ 2019 class and be on the roster for 2019-2020. He is another HUGE pick-up for Kermit and his staff. Not only did they go back to Kansas and Sunrise Christian Academy, but they went toe-to-toe with several NCAA Tournament teams and came out victorious.
We’re really sippin’ now!
How does he fit in?
Crowley is a dynamic guard prospect who will give Kermit Davis plenty of flexibility. Now, he will be tasked with running in Kermit Davis’ up-tempo, attacking offense for all 94 feet. He is someone who can run the point, attack the rim, and create his own shot. At SCA, the 6’6, 175-pounder is an aggressive one who has no qualms getting his. And he isn’t shy to pull the trigger to try and drop 40 on your head.
He has a nice handle and a quick first step off the bounce. He’s not going to wow you with his frame, but he gets every ounce of ability and explosiveness out of it. The No. 121 player overall can finish with either hand and is likely to embarrass you with ease whether it’s off the dribble or a pull-up in transition. Also, due to his length, quickness, and athleticism, he is sure to be a great defender as well.
Crowley joins Dude Collum, Sammy Hunter, Bryce Williams, and Rodney Howard in the 2019 class and all should contribute as soon as they arrive on campus. Collum, Hunter, and Howard should see immediate playing time in the front court and Crowley and Williams will provide quality depth behind Breein Tyree and Devontae Shuler in the back court.
That makes three top 250 players in the 2019 class for Ole Miss and Kermit. Something that has not happened in quite some time.
Not bad for year one at the helm, huh?