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Super 7: Richard Crawford III, Greenbrier

Posted: August 16, 2017 - 12:57am
Richard Crawford III, Greenbrier
Richard Crawford III, Greenbrier

Richard Crawford III needed little time to recharge after last basketball season.

The Greenbrier guard took two weeks off before diving back into travel ball. He played with Team Power before joining the Atlanta-based Georgia Stars in May. Crawford played in seven tournaments during the summer. While it might sound like a lot of basketball, it's something he said he enjoys.

"I've been a student of the game for a long time," he said. "I just have a love for it."

Crawford's love affair with sports began when he was young. He was a standout in basketball and football as a youth. He continued playing football until eighth grade, when he broke his right arm. Crawford contemplated playing football in high school, but he elected to focus solely on basketball.

He's worked hard on his game through the years. Off the court, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Crawford began lifting weights in ninth grade. His bench press max is currently 245 pounds. By his senior year, he said he wants to lift 300 pounds.

All the extra work paid off last season. Crawford earned first-team, all-region honors as a sophomore. The Wolfpack guard averaged 14.1 points, 4.2 assists and 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

"I think I've become a lot better player," he said. "IQ-wise, I've learned a lot."

Crawford said he could average 20 points a contest if he wanted, but that's not his game. Instead, he said he wants players like shooter Austin Canaday, "bouncy players," he said, like Justin Stevens and Adonis Ware and post player Brandon Harris to be involved in the offense.

"I just want to be a great teammate," he said. "I know I can score the ball. I'm more of a player who likes to create for my teammates. I love playing defense. And I'm very coachable."

Crawford, who wants to major in chemical engineering in college, said he's looking to play basketball beyond high school. He's already receiving interest from Division I schools like USC Upstate and the College of Charleston, but he hasn't settled on where he wants to attend.

"Anywhere I can get a free education and play the game I love," he said.

 

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