Givon Crump (6-7, 215) is transferring to Fresno State. The former class of 2009 three-star prospect played last season for Baylor and will sit out the 2010-11 season to fulfill NCAA transfer requirements.
He took an official visit to Fresno June 14 and came away impressed with the coaches and opportunity.
“The trip was nice, I got a chance to spend time with [head coach Steve] Cleveland and Coach Q (Senque Carey),” said Crump. “They showed me significant interest and said I’m going to have an opportunity to play there and be an important part of the program, a major contributor to the team.
“I got to see the guys in the weight room and got to play with some of the guys on the team in open gym. I hung out with Garrett [Johnson]; I spent most of my time with him. I met Big Greg [Smith], [Steven] Shepp, little Kevin [Olekaibe], the incoming freshman. I toured the campus, the campus was beautiful, and the surrounding city was nice. I did all things you do on a school visit.
“The weather is great. Summers in [Washington] D.C. can get humid. The thing about the heat it was a nice heat, a dry heat.”
Crump took unofficial visits to Delaware and Drexel before visiting Fresno State. He also took an official visit to Rutgers after visiting the Bulldogs. “All the schools I visited were in the running, Fresno was just the best situation for me, I felt most comfortable there,” he added.
Originally, from the East Coast, Crump is no stranger from being away from home. He spent two years at the Brewster Academy in New Hampshire prior to playing at Baylor. Distance was never a factor in his recruitment. “I’m used to playing away from home,” said Crump.
He gave Coach Cleveland and Coach Carey a verbal commitment last Friday over the phone. “They were definitely excited, Cleve said I made his night,” added Crump. “Coach Q was yelling on the phone.
“The decision was huge for me. It’s a transfer. I can’t do it twice. I wanted to be really sure and talk it over with my family. It took me about week [after my visit] to decide.”
Crump could sign his National Letter of Intent as early as Wednesday as he awaits compliance to send him his letter to sign. He says he could be in Fresno as soon as July 6 for the start of the next summer session.
He is slated to play small forward, but he could play a variety of positions from off guard to power forward. “Coach Cleve talked about me being a small forward and during my off year to develop my game,” added Crump. “He sees me as a versatile player. At Baylor I played small forward, that’s where I’m strongest.”
Since leaving Baylor, Crump has continued to workout regularly with former professional basketball player and current CSKA Moscow assistant coach David Vanterpool. “Coach Cleveland actually coached some of [Vanterpool’s] teammates at Moscow,” said Crump.
Crump isn’t keen to sitting out this coming season, but he looks at the positives. “Playing is what you love,” he said. “Its going to be tough seeing my teammates compete, and not being able to help contribute, but it will be good for me to sit out and develop my game.”
Fresno State recruited Crump, who had offers from Baylor, DePaul, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oregon State, and Rhode Island among others, out of high school. “Coach Q has connections with my AAU coaches at Arizona Magic,” said Crump. “They showed my some interest, but it never really got major because bigger schools started recruiting me.”
Crump will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2011-12