Jordan Crawford considers NBA

Xavier’s Jordan Crawford decided Wednesday that he will explore

the possibility of entering the NBA draft while leaving open his

option of returning for another season with the Musketeers.

The sophomore guard led the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 20.5

points per game and had a sensational NCAA tournament, helping the

Musketeers reach the round of 16 for the third straight season.

Xavier lost a 101-96 double-overtime game to Kansas State in the

regional semifinal, with Crawford making one clutch shot after

another. He averaged 29 points in the tournament.

Crawford hasn’t hired an agent. Players have until May 8 to

withdraw from consideration and retain their college

eligibility.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if at the end of the day he went in

either direction – he goes to the NBA or he comes back for his

junior season at Xavier,” coach Chris Mack said, in a phone

interview.

Crawford sat out last season after transferring from Indiana. He

wants to get a better idea of where he’d be drafted before deciding

whether to hire an agent and leave school.

“I really felt Jordan’s goal all along has been to perform well

enough to be considered a solid NBA first-round draft pick,” Mack

said. “At this point, there’s not enough information to solidly

know where he stands, where he’d be slotted.”