Ole Miss Basketball: Austin Crowley is crown of 2019 recruiting class

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Ole Miss Basketball has made a sudden surge in the late stages of the recruiting period. Here’s a glimpse at their newest signee, Austin Crowley.

Head coach Kermit Davis and Ole Miss Basketball have seen quite the jump in their recruiting since he’s taken over in 2018. Austin Crowley is their most prized recruit of the Ole Miss 2019 recruiting class, which ranks 37th nationally according to 247Sports.

Crowley was originally signed to play with the Vanderbilt Commodores, but with the resignation of Bryce Drew, he was released from his letter of intent.

In the end, he chose the Rebels over Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Minnesota, Memphis, and Mississippi State, really giving Davis a push into next season. Crowley joins a class of Rodney Howard, Antavion Collum, Bryce Williams, and Sammy Hunter, all of whom have a chance to make an impact right away for the Rebels in 2019-20.

He ranks 110th overall in this year’s recruiting class as a four-star prospect out of Sunrise Christian Academy (Kansas). As a senior, he put up 15.2 points per game for his 22-6 squad as they made it all the way to this year’s Geico Nationals.

It helps Davis was able to secure his pledge given he’s a native of West Point, Mississippi. He began his high school career with the West Point Green Wave, where he produced 15.0 points per game as a freshman and 24.2 points per contest as a sophomore. He spent his final two seasons at Sunrise Christian Academy, where he blossomed into a much-needed prospect on the recruiting trail.

He’s a 6-foot-6, 175-pound guard that is aggressive with the ball in his hands. He can create off the dribble as well as distribute like a point guard making him an instant impact player right away on paper. With his length, quickness, and athleticism, Crowley makes for a solid two-way player to have. His addition will give Davis flexibility in the backcourt behind Breein Tyree and Devontae Shuler.

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Ole Miss Basketball has had a good recent history of perimeter players, with Crowley looking to be the future of the program’s backcourt. If he’s as good as advertised, the Rebels are in really good shape going forward.