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Jae Crowder
Round 2, Pick 34
Position: SF
Class: Senior
School: Marquette
Conference: BIGE
HT: 6'6"
WT: 235 lbs.
Biography: The 2012 Big East player of the year and a former junior college transfer, Crowder was an integral factor in Marquette reaching the round of 16 in each of the last two NCAA tournaments. His biggest potential asset at the next level, his versatility, may also be a drawback because he is undersized height-wise and will likely shuffle between shooting guard and small forward. That said, his strong play down the stretch made scouts take notice, and he likely will be a second-round pick. Crowder was a second-team All-American and took a quantum leap forward statistically from his junior to his senior season. He averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds with 14 double-doubles in 2011-12 after averaging 11.8 and 6.8 as a junior. Crowder is an underrated defender, as he averaged 2.5 steals his senior season and consistently showed the ability to be in the right spot at the right time while guarding multiple positions, including in the interior. He has an NBA-ready body, is tough and has a long wingspan measured at nearly 81 inches. Crowder will need to improve his ball-handling skills and extend his range on the perimeter. His draft prospects should also benefit from a budding Marquette pipeline to the pros, as Wesley Matthews, Lazar Hayward and Jimmy Butler are on NBA rosters - the latter two being first-round picks the last two years. Crowder was the 2010 NJCAA player of the year at Howard College, and his father Corey played briefly for the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs.

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2011 Statistics
PPG FG% RPG APG FT%
17.5 49.8 8.4 2.1 73.5
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