January 21, 2012

Crump has found his groove

Kevin McCarthy

6-foot-7 Givon Crump has seen a lot of this country and now he's looking for a place to settle down, preferably a destination in need of a jump shot and one looking for a two year commitment.

Now a sophomore at Pasadena City College playing for Coach Michael Swanegan, Crump's highlights this season include 34 points (five treys) on East Los Angeles College, 30 points and 10 rebounds versus LA Valley, 28 and 11 against Santa Barbara City College, 27 points and 10 rebounds matched up with Antelope Valley, plus 32 points in a battle with Miramar College.

photo of Givon Crump

"I play outside, down on the block, I help to bring the ball up -- whatever is needed," Crump, the No. 142 rated player in the 2009 Rivals150 and 31st-rated small forward in the ESPNU 100 while in high school, explained about his variety of duties this season.

Asked about his best skill or skills, he offered a unique response: "It's my competitiveness, my will to compete and win. I have a passion for the game and it outweighs any skills."

His collegiate journeys have taken him first to Waco Texas and then to Fresno -- Baylor University and Fresno State University respectively.

Coming out of high school after two years at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, he signed with Coach Scott Drew and Company. "It was the Big 12 at the time and a Christian environment plus there were a lot of three-shots taken in the offense," Crump recalled.

He played some as a freshman but Drew brought in several other recruits at his position and that made significant playing time difficult and that prompted a desire for greener pastures.

Fresno State, amongst other major colleges, had recruited Crump out of high school but he still had a relationship with then Bulldog Assistant Coach Senque Carey. After meeting with Coach Steve Cleveland, Crump signed on for a redshirt year.

Unfortunately, Cleveland was let go at the end of that season.

Crump explained, "Fresno State wanted me to stay and they offered me a scholarship but it was a new situation and I thought it would be best to start over elsewhere."

He put out feelers and eventually decided Pasadena was where he should be next.

When asked about any concerns over the changes in Crump's residences, Swanegan said, "Yes and no. Everybody wants to know but I don't think it's been much of a concern. Baylor recruited over him and Fresno State had a coaching change. Givon's doing a good job with us."

Answering a query about where he stands now as opposed to the beginning of his time at Baylor, Crump explained, "I'm quicker and more explosive, more dedicated to the weight room. I've grown a lot and now I'm a leader on the court. I've also matured off the court, taking care of my body and really seeing the benefit of film sessions."

Crump said he should be a spring graduate and is looking to major in communications so that he can enter the radio/television broadcasting fields.

He is being looked at the next level as a small forward where "I'm most comfortable and most effective."

But most of all, Crump "wants to play. I will bring leadership, experience, hard work and offense with my shooting."

He desires to duplicate what he calls his best basketball moment: "in my junior year at Brewster when we won the NEPSAC (New England Preparatory Athletic Council) championship in 2008. The camaraderie and togetherness were great."