Nov. 12, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Former Seminole basketball player Adrian Crawford is running with the bulls, not the Bulls of Chicago, but the bulls of Cajasur.
Crawford is currently playing professionally in the Liga Espaniol de Baloncesto (LEB) league in Spain for the team Cajasur. LEB is a junior league under the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB). The LEB ranks second behind the ACB league, which is the main basketball league in Spain.
Crawford completed his college basketball career in the spring of 2000. Following graduation, Crawford and his new wife Wendy left the United States and traveled to Australia and China where he began to pursue a professional career. Crawford has had an overall impressive international basketball career for such a young age.
He is currently playing with Cajasur in Cordoba, Spain, and is averaging 24 points per game. He is showing leadership and has assumed the role as one of the team’s most reliable scorers.
Crawford had a successful career at Barberton High School in Akron, Ohio. He was one of the top 70 recruits in the nation and an all-state first team selection his senior year while averaging 19 points, 5.2 assists and four rebounds. Crawford also scored 30 points or more five times as a senior as well as topping the school record by hitting seven three-point shots in a single game.
Crawford played his first year of college at the University of Tulsa. He played in 34 games and started one as a freshman, under then Golden Hurricane head coach Steve Robinson. Crawford decided to play at Tulsa not only because his father was the assistant coach but also because Robinson was an outstanding teacher of the game of basketball.
“Coach Robinson worked the hardest of any coach who recruited me and made me feel like I was really wanted there,” said Crawford.
During his time at Tulsa, Crawford was one of the top freshman basketball players in the Western Athletic Conference.
Robinson became head coach at Florida State in 1997 and Coleman Crawford, who was his assistant coach at Tulsa for two years, followed Robinson to Tallahassee. Adrian Crawford decided, too, that it would be in his best interest to become a Seminole.
“The WAC is a great conference, but usually, top-to-bottom every year, the ACC is the best conference,” Adrian Crawford said, ” That played a little part in my decision too. I’ve always thrived on competition my whole life.”
Adrian Crawford’s collegiate career stats are impressive as well with his senior season being his most successful. He started in 29 of 30 games, made 58 out of 166 three-point field goals and averaged nearly 10 points per game. Crawford closed his collegiate career with 213 career assists and 52 career steals. He closed his career ranked fourth in school history with 135 career 3-point shots made and fifth in school history with 375 3-point shots attempted.
Crawford’s father, Coleman, has been a big influence on Crawford’s learning and playing the game of basketball. Coleman, who has coached for 25 years and has been at Florida State for the last five seasons.
Said Coleman: “Adrian understands how to play, I think that that’s important. He worked to develop his skills and has become a very good basketball player.”
Crawford’s future plans include playing for about three to five years and then pursuing a career in coaching or ministry work. Crawford’s wife Wendy has been traveling with him and is currently living with him in Spain.
By Ashley Hollander
Sports Information Assistant