We here at Basketball Society are always on the lookout for the next big thing and sometimes players may slip through the cracks or may show a flash or two of the potential that they have. Ole Miss currently has two really good veteran guards in Breein Tyree and Devontae Shuler, but a player worth monitoring is freshman guard, Austin Crowley.
Yesterday, I was able to see the Ole Miss and Western Michigan game in person and got my first look at Crowley in college.
Crowley is an explosive, 6’6 combo guard from West Point, MS who was ranked as a four star prospect by ESPN. He was originally committed to Vanderbilt, but after the dismissal of Bryce Drew he re-opened his recruitment and wound up as a part of Kermit Davis’s 2019 class.
Length and athleticism are the two things that stood out to me about Crowley’s game so far. It wouldn’t be a surprise to me to see him guard the one through four positions effectively. He has really long arms combined with quick feet that allow him to excel on defense from the point of attack. In Ole Miss’s “13” defense he can play up top, on the wing, or be the back line of defense. In their opener against Arkanasas State, he struggled on the defensive side as he fouled out quickly, but the potential to learn under the tutelage of Kermit Davis is exciting.
On the offensive side of the ball, Crowley so far has shot the three ball really well as he has shot it at a 50% clip. His jumper is really smooth and he shoots it well off of the catch. Crowley was one of two players on the bench to log 20+ minutes in the Western Michigan game and he tallied a few rebounds and notched a couple assists.
The future looks bright for Crowley as he certainly has the tools to make an impact at this level and is definitely worth keeping an eye on.