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- Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Kelvin Sampson says he likes Xavier guard Jordan Crawford, who auditioned for the team yesterday.
Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Kelvin Sampson says he likes Xavier guard Jordan Crawford, who auditioned for the team yesterday.
Sampson coached the 6-4 Crawford at Indiana for a year, before he transferred to Xavier where he averaged 20 points a game last season while hitting 39-percent from three-point range. Sampson says Crawford’s game might be better suited to the NBA, because he handles the pick-and-roll very well. Sampson said Crawford has great shooting range, and he’s a good passer as well. Crawford says he’d love to play in the Bradley Center again – where he scored 55 points in two Xavier victories in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in March. Crawford was one of six draft possibilities the Bucks worked out yesterday. They’ll get a look at more players today and tomorrow, as the June 24th NBA Draft gets closer.
Illinois Wesleyan won its first NCAA Division III baseball title yesterday, with a 17-to-5 rout of New York-Cortland in the tournament final near Appleton. The Titans won 16-of-their-final-20 games to clinch the title. Jeff Grodecki homered twice and went 5-for-5. He was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Casey McIntosh also homered for Illinois Wesleyan, which ended the season at 31-21. The losses were the most ever by an eventual national champion. Cortland advanced to the final game by beating Linfield of Oregon 12-to-9 earlier yesterday. Cortland ended the season at 41-10.
Madison Area Technical College was eliminated yesterday from the national Division-Two junior college baseball tournament in Enid, Oklahoma. The Wolfpack lost 4-2 to Paradise Valley Community College in the loser’s bracket. That’s where MATC landed after getting crushed by Western Oklahoma State 16-4 on Sunday. Brent Kakwitch homered and Justin Scanlon hit an RBI-single for Madison Area Technical College, which ended its season at 44-15 and its first trip ever to the national finals.
The Marquette women’s basketball team has signed two new recruits. They are guard Katherine Plouffe of Edmonton, Alberta and center Andi Waugaman of West Des Moines Iowa. Waugamann will have two years of eligibility, after playing at Kirkwood Community College – which has won four straight national Division-Two junior college titles. She averaged six-and-a-half points and four-and-a-half rebounds a game last season. Plouffe spent one year at the National Elite Development Academy as a shooting guard.