June 24, 2010
Photo Gallery | Video from Crawford's Draft Party
CINCINNATI - Xavier University guard Jordan Crawford was selected tonight by the New Jersey Nets with the 27th pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. Following the pick by the Nets, the Atlanta Hawks acquired the draft rights to Crawford and another player in exchange for the rights to Damion James, who the Hawks selected at the 24th spot in the Draft.
Crawford will be available to the Atlanta media when the Hawks commence their rookie camp, which is scheduled to begin on July 9 on the Philips Arena practice court.
"We wanted to select the best player available, and we feel like we accomplished that with Jordan Crawford," said Hawks Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. "We're thrilled to acquire a player of Jordan's caliber. He's a player we scouted throughout the year, and targeted in the pre-draft process."
"Jordan is a prolific scorer with deep range, who rose to the occasion for his team in the postseason," said Hawks Assistant GM/Director of Player Personnel Dave Pendergraft. "He's a gym rat who loves to play the game, and will give us another player who can play multiple positions and put the ball in the basket."
In the history of the NBA Draft, Crawford is the fifth former Musketeer to be selected in the first round, a list that includes David West (18th overall to New Orleans in 2003), James Posey (18th overall to Denver in 1999), Brian Grant (lottery pick at eighth overall to Sacramento in 1994) and Tyrone Hill (lottery pick at 11th overall to Golden State in 1990).
Crawford is the 11th former Xavier player to be selected in the NBA Draft first or second round since 1990, including three on current NBA rosters. Derrick Brown, 2009 Xavier graduate, was selected in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft (40th overall) by Charlotte and played this past season for the Bobcats. David West, 2003 Xavier graduate and two-time NBA All-Star, just completed his seventh NBA season with the New Orleans Hornets. James Posey, 1999 Xavier graduate, has played 11 NBA seasons and won NBA Championships in Miami and Boston.
Crawford, a Sporting News Third Team All-American in his one season of eligibility in a Musketeer uniform, led the Atlantic 10 Conference and was 21st in the nation in scoring at 20.5 ppg. this past season, while helping lead Xavier to a 26-9 record, a fourth straight Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Championship and a third straight trip to at least the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Crawford also contributed 4.7 rpg. (third on the team) and 2.9 apg. (second on the team).
"I've seen firsthand the ability, skill and drive from Jordan I believe it takes to have a lengthy NBA career," said Xavier head coach Chris Mack, who is spending draft night at a private party for the Crawfords in Jordan's hometown, Detroit. "Jordan and his family will always be a part of Xavier. Our program, coaches and players wish JC nothing but the best."
Crawford really shined in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He earned a spot on the five-member NCAA Tournament All-West Region Team after averaging 29.0 ppg. for Xavier's three games, including a career-high 32 against Kansas State in the Regional Semifinal.
Crawford transferred to Xavier after playing as a freshman at Indiana University in the 2007-08 season. He practiced with Xavier in the 2008-09 season before becoming eligible for games in the 2009-10 season.
His other honors also included Sporting News and foxsports.com Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection by the A-10 coaches, USBWA (United States Basketball Writers Association) All-District V Team and NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) All-District 4 First Team.