With a suddenly available scholarship for the fall of 2018 burning a hole in their pocked, the Marquette basketball coaching staff is hard at work tracking down someone to fill that spot. According to Justin Byerly of PrepHoops.com, the MU staff went out to visit Connor Crabtree on Wednesday night.
UVA and Marquette are coming tonight to see 2018 Connor Crabtree of Hargrave (VA). @C_crab5— Justin Byerly (@JustinByerly) December 13, 2017
247 Sports lists Crabtree as a 6’5”, 180 pound shooting guard out of Chatham, Virginia, but that’s where Hargrave Military Academy is located. Hargrave’s postgraduate basketball roster page has Crabtree hailing from Hillsborough, North Carolina, and they have him at 6’6” and 192 pounds. 247 does not give him a ranking or a rating, but that may have to do more with his path to Hargrave than anything else.
Crabtree was the conference and district player of the year while playing for Orange High School in North Carolina, and he had signed to play for UNC-Asheville in the fall of 2016. It’s unclear what caused Crabtree to end up securing his release from Asheville in August according to his 247 Sports page, but if he was choosing between the Bulldogs, Lehigh, and Appalachian State, it may have been merely a case of realizing that teams like Virginia and Marquette might come knocking if he went to Hargrave for a post-graduate year.
With Crabtree’s Class of 2017 rankings wiped away after his transition to Hargrave, it’s hard to get a read on what level of player he is at this point in his career. With that said, if Virginia head coach Tony Bennett is knocking on the door, then I feel safe in saying that Crabtree is most likely a smart, hard-working player who knows how to get the most out of his abilities on the court.
Here’s a highlight reel for Crabtree from his senior season at Orange High School.
Obviously these clips are carefully selected for a highlight reel, but there’s a lot to like about Crabtree’s game here. He appears to be comfortable shooting off the dribble, and he’s not afraid to take it inside against contact. Crabtree appears to have pretty great reflex reaction to be able use his length to swipe passes away from opponents quickly, but since this is a highlight reel, it’s hard to tell whether he’s prone to gambling and failing in that regard. There is also a junior year highlight reel, and a sophomore year reel, so feel free to check those older clips out at your leisure.
As mentioned earlier, Marquette does have an open scholarship available for the fall of 2018. With the spring signing period not due for another 4 months, Steve Wojciechowski and his staff have a lot of time on their hands to evaluate players that they might be interested in bringing in for next season. At the moment, Crabtree is the leader in the clubhouse, but we’ll have to wait and see how things shake out. If MU is interested in one guy, odds are that there will be two or three more names popping up soon.
Here’s Marquette projected scholarship situation at the moment.