Jordan Crawford profile
Drafted #27 in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Hawks
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Position: SG
High School: Hargrave Military Academy (Virginia)
Hometown: Detroit, MI
AAU: The Family
College: Xavier
Win - Loss: 2 - 4


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Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Jun 10, 2010, 05:25 pm
Jordan Crawford is an interesting case to analyze, as he is efficient in virtually every situation, and shouldered a heavy load for Xavier, but his inability to get to the foul line prevents him from standing out as much as he probably could. The second most efficient player in our rankings overall (1.014 PPP), Crawford gets fouled on his 5.1% of his shots (3rd last). A highly ranked catch and shoot player with or without a hand in his face, Crawford’s inability to draw fouls renders him as a below average finisher at .993 PPP.

Notes on the 2010 Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals

Kyle Nelson
Kyle Nelson
Mar 14, 2010, 12:34 pm
Xavier guard Jordan Crawford once again had an up and down performance. He attacked the basket relentlessly, as he often does, very well, utilizing his quick first step and body control to get to the rim at will. That said, he occasionally looked out of control and sometimes over-dribbled his way into trouble. Crawford rarely looks for his teammates off of the dribble, which is a shame considering the attention he garners from opposing defenses and his above average court vision.

His perimeter jump shot still was not falling, which is due largely due to his inconsistent shooting motion. Though he gets great elevation on his shot, his release point varies and he oftentimes wastes motion in his lower body. As he got tired, he started pushing the ball, shooting with his upper body and without his legs.

Defensively, he showed greater effort, but still was never much of a factor. He does have quick hands, however, and when he puts his mind to it, he can be a decent man-to-man defender. As he got tired, his defensive effort decreased significantly. His lack of size and strength are not in his favor when imagining his defense at the next level, but he can stay focused and work on his fundamentals.

Crawford struggled yet again in a supporting role, unable to play off of the ball and contribute without the ball in his hands. He must have the ball and attack the basket to be effective, which is not a good sign as he looks towards the next level. As for his draft intentions, Crawford was not available for comment after the game, though all indications are that he will strongly look at testing the draft waters, at the very least.

Notes on the 2010 Atlantic 10 Tournament Quarterfinals

Kyle Nelson
Kyle Nelson
Mar 13, 2010, 11:09 am
Interestingly enough, Jordan Crawford was a non-factor until the end of the game. Slowed by nagging pressure defense and stifling man-to-man, Crawford was instantly transformed from the primary ball handler and shot creator to a role player, a shift to which he did not respond particularly well. While he started the game forcing shots and making ill-advised drives to the hoop, he soon started looking for teammates and using his athleticism to attack the basket and draw fouls.

This is not to say that Crawford looked like he could be a role player at the next level, which is his likely fate. In fact, the contrary was true. Crawford struggled with fewer touches and his frustration was visible, at times. He was unable to get into any sort of rhythm until he took it upon himself to bring Xavier to victory by relentlessly attacking the basket.

While he is a very good slasher, and tonight was no exception, he is going to have trouble adjusting to the next level if he cannot learn how to fulfill a role in an offense without having it feature him as the primary handler and scorer.

His lack of maturity and focus were also on full display last night, as well, bringing up further questions about his transition to the NBA. Tonight, he was one of Xavier’s heroes, but he also showed the scouts in attendance that he has a long way to go on both sides of the ball before contributing at the next level.

NCAA Weekly Performers, 1/20/10

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Joey Whelan
Joey Whelan
Jan 20, 2010, 02:49 pm
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After a solid freshman season at Indiana alongside the likes of Eric Gordon and D.J. White, in the wake of the Kelvin Sampson recruiting scandal, swingman Jordan Crawford transferred to Xavier. This season, the 21-year-old sophomore has emerged as the premier perimeter scorer in the Atlantic 10, known for hitting clutch jumpers and creating his own shot at will. With averages of 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists and a 30-point (on 25 field goal attempts), six-rebound, and 4-assist performance at Wake Forest on his resume, Crawford is distinguishing himself as one of the most potent scorers in the country, forcing scouts to taking notice.

Standing at 6’4 with just a decent frame, Crawford does not exactly look the part of a can’t-miss collegiate wing prospect. He does have nice length, however, and, though his explosiveness set online communities abuzz when he posterized LeBron James in a pickup-up game this summer, he will be just an above average athlete at the next level. Similarly, while his first step and agility are impressive, they do not stand out amongst the crowd when comparing him with your average shot-creating NBA shooting guard.

On the offensive end, Crawford has improved significantly since his time at Indiana and is one of the better overall scorers in the country. Attempting almost 16 field goals per game and responsible for almost a quarter of Xavier’s possessions, Crawford does most of his damage in isolation situations, taking his man off of the dribble and creating his own offense. As a slasher, Crawford utilizes his quick first step and impressive body control to get to the basket. He is not a particularly adept finisher, particularly when he drives left, as evidenced by the pedestrian percentages he shoots from 2-point range.

His lack of strength certainly hurts him here, but he also does not show the greatest touch around the basket. Furthermore, like most young scoring guards, he could definitely improve his ball-handling skills. His sizable role as principle scorer and distributor does him no favors, either, in terms of his overall effectiveness around the basket and at this stage he forces the issue far too often. Regardless, improving his decision-making and shot selection will be essential for him to reach the next level.

Crawford has developed into a proficient shooter both from beyond the arc and from mid-range. He still has inconsistent shooting mechanics, which vary from smooth and fluid to hitched and awkward. He is at his most fluid while spotting up from beyond the arc, but he is gradually becoming a more proficient catch-and-shoot player, aided by his ability to move without the ball and find open spots on the court.

His shot selection needs some significant work, as he takes far too many contested 30-foot jump shots, but his sizeable role in the Xavier offense surely doesn’t help matters and despite these criticisms, he is shooting almost 39% from beyond the arc. Continuing to improve as a shooter, however, is essential regarding his future at the next level, since he likely won’t be able to make a living as a slasher quite as much as he does in the A-10. From mid-range, he has developed a variety of pull-ups and floaters that ensure that he will be able to create a shot (for better or worse) on nearly every offensive possession.

On the defensive end, Crawford is solid, though unspectacular. He gambles quite a bit, both in terms of his man-to-man defense and on shot-fakes closer to the basket. Similarly, he does not show consistent focus, not closing out nearly as often as one would like to see. Given Crawford’s incredibly taxing role on the offensive end of the floor, his average defensive fundamentals are somewhat understandable, though certainly not excusable. Scouts will likely want to see increased intensity and focus on defense when considering his role at the next level, as his lack of size and strength will do him no favors on this end.

Crawford is a bit older than your typical sophomore at age 21, and that probably doesn’t help his case as an NBA prospect. There is no denying the fact that he is an adept scorer, one of the NCAA’s best, but scouts will be watching to see whether or not he can transition into a roleplayer at the next level, with a fraction of the possessions at his disposal. There are question marks pertaining to Crawford’s ball-dominant style and unselfishness--is he merely playing the way his team, which lost three of its top scorers last year and is under the leadership of a rookie coach, needs him to play? Regardless, from what we’re hearing it seems like that Crawford will seriously consider testing the NBA draft waters this spring. In the meantime, however, he has a lot of work to both raise his draft stock and lead his team back to the NCAA Tournament.

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Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Jul 13, 2009, 10:59 pm
-Jordan Crawford-The Indiana transfer and current Xavier player looked extremely hungry after sitting out all of last season, and was able to make his presence felt from time to time with some big plays. The most impressive one came in the evening session of day two, where he showed no shame using a slick cross over to unbalance none other than LeBron James, and then proceeded to drive to the rim and cram an emphatic two-handed slam right in King James’ face. Needless to say, the crowd was pretty impressed by Jordan Crawford. He also made some shots from the perimeter, crashed the offensive glass, and even played some tough defense. We may have to check back on Crawford’s progress this season at Xavier at some point…

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Eric Weiss
Eric Weiss
Jan 18, 2007, 09:00 am
Crawford is a good finisher and can find other players once he’s in the lane. He is more of a point guard than Jardine, but lacks the ball handling ability at this point to play the position full time. Crawford’s dribble is too high and he doesn’t have the quick first step he needs to get into the lane on his own. Once he is in the lane however, he can use both hands and is good at creating a quality shot for himself or a teammate. Playing in a team oriented system like Indiana should play to his strengths.

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