Drew Crawford works out for Hornets, trying to make it in NBA

Drew Crawford works out for Hornets, trying to make it in NBA
June 12, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Wouldn't this have been an unstoppable combo last season?

Northwestern's Drew Crawford and Michigan's Nik Stauskas were both in Charlotte on Wednesday working out for the Hornets in hopes of taking their talents to the next level.

Stauskas figures to have no problem doing that, projecting as a potential lottery pick in the NBA Draft at the end of the month, but what about Crawford? He's one of Northwestern's all-time leading scorers, but he's not getting a lot of draft buzz despite being honored as one of the Big Ten's best players over the past few seasons. In his senior year last season for the Wildcats, Crawford averaged 15.7 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. He totaled 1,920 points in 143 career games over five seasons.

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But history isn't necessarily working in Crawford's favor. Northwestern is hardly a basketball factory, having only sent 14 players ever to the NBA. The last was also the last to be drafted: Evan Eschmeyer was taken in the second round in the 1999 draft. He appeared in 153 games from 2000 to 2003.

Before that, you have to go back to Billy McKinney. The point guard played for five teams over seven seasons, finishing with the Bulls in 1986. He averaged eight points and 3.5 assists per game in his career. McKinney played in 476 games, second all-time among Northwestern products. Who ranks No. 1? That would be Don Adams, who played in 523 during the 1970s. He's the fourth most-recent Wildcat to reach the NBA, and he retired in 1977.

But back to Crawford. While he likely won't be drafted (Draft Express ranks him 95th among college seniors, so 95th not even including all the non-seniors in the draft), there's certainly no shortage of effort coming from the shooting guard. In addition to Wednesday's workout in Charlotte, he worked out for the Jazz last week and the Bucks last month.

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After working out in Utah, Crawford talked about what he wants to bring to an NBA team, reaffirming that he's a guard that can rebound as well as score.

"That's one thing I like to do when I'm on the court is do a little bit of everything, and that includes rebounding," he said. "Something I really put an emphasis on is crashing the boards offensively and defensively, helping my team that way.

"I just want to show my toughness and my desire to win."