Leading up to the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: 16.2 Points, 5.5 Assists, and 3.8 Rebounds per game
Why They Are Here
Bryant Crawford is one of the most underrated players in the ACC. Last season, the guard averaged 16 points a game but was overshadowed by John Collins who had a phenomenal sophomore campaign. Crawford is just a pure scorer that finds a way to get into the paint and finish through contact. He is not a great outside shooter 34% from deep, but the sophomore makes up for that by driving and playing great defense. Look for Crawford to become the go-to scorer for Wake Forest in a stacked ACC.
Role on the Team
I am going to be slightly redundant here but with John Collins in the NBA, Crawford is the man for Danny Manning. He will be the alpha dog for a team that will need some big stats to stay afloat in the ACC. Wake Forest may take a step back but Crawford’s role and numbers should take a step forward.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Crawford’s average numbers shooting from deep really hurt his stock in the NBA Draft. If he can shoot close to 40% he will get looks as a potential second round pick either next year or after his senior campaign. If Crawford doesn’t show any major improvement he will still get looks as an undrafted player with his scoring and defensive prowess.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player!