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Crowfield officially becomes a Ram

Crowfield (right) with Riverside Academy teammate Herb McGee and head coach Tim Byrd.
Crowfield (right) with Riverside Academy teammate Herb McGee and head coach Tim Byrd.

Three months ago the Rams got a verbal commitment from Louisiana native, Malik Crowfield. Crowfield signed official letter of intent today to start the spring period, making him officially a VCU Ram.

VCU sent the following press release on Crowfield’s commitment.

RICHMOND, Va. – Malik Crowfield (LaPlace, La./Riverside Academy), a three-time Louisiana First Team All-State selection, has signed his National Letter Intent and will join VCU for the 2016-17 season, Rams’ Coach Will Wade announced Friday.

Crowfield chose VCU after receiving interest from Baylor, Mississippi State, LSU, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Tulsa and others.

“We’re excited to add Malik to our program,” said Wade. “We love his shooting and rebounding abilities. He’s also a long and active defender and will be able to play multiple positions for us.”

A 6-foot-4 shooting guard, Crowfield led Riverside Academy in New Orleans to four straight Class 2A State Championships. He was named 2A State Player of the Year as a sophomore, when he averaged 18.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Crowfield, known as an exceptional 3-point shooter, averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3.5 steals per game for Riverside in 2015-16. Crowfield has also starred for the New Orleans Elite AAU program.

A consensus 3-star recruit, Crowfield is rated the ninth-best player in the state of Louisiana by 247 Sports and is a top-50 shooting guard nationally, according to multiple scouting services.

Crowfield is the third signee in Wade’s 2016-17 recruiting class. He joins 4-star recruit De’Riante Jenkins (Eutawville, S.C./Hargrave Military Academy) and Canadian Junior National Team member Marquell Fraser (Hamilton, Ontario/The Hill Academy).

Wade recently completed his first season as head coach at VCU, where he led the Rams to a six consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and a share of the school’s first Atlantic 10 Conference regular season title. The Rams finished 25-11 overall. VCU has won at least 24 games in 10 consecutive seasons, one of just two schools nationally that can make such a claim.