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.