June 17, 2012

Crum forms Holy alliance

Kevin McCarthy

Some go across the country to university, some just a few states away, some remain in-state. Bishop O'Dowd and Lakeshow backcourter Joshua Crum is probably setting a record of sorts as he'll be playing college hoops just short of five miles from his high school.

The 5-foot-11 Crum has signed on with Holy Names University in Oakland and Coach Omar Sanchez, a former Hawks player and assistant coach who will be entering his second season as the head man.

photo of Joshua Crum

His reasons for choosing local?

"Coach made me feel like it was home," Crum explained. "I really felt welcomed there and the campus was nice, not too big, not too small."

Not to mention that family and friends will have the opportunity to be at every home and even some away games.

The Hawks played in the California Pacific Conference but are moving this year to the D-II Pac West Conference which includes Dominican University, Notre Dame de Namur and Academy of Art University along with four schools in Hawaii plus three other members.

Holy Names went 15-16 overall this past season,7-5 in league play.

Lakeshow founder Joe Fuca offered this on his latest player signing: "JJ is a great recruit for Holy Names and he will be an all conference-type player by his sophomore year in the new Pac West. He is such a solid talent at the point guard position and he reminds me of Russell Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder. JJ can get to the hoop easily with one and two people trying to cover him and he is a hard working player who has no issues with playing extensive minutes. He had a great career for Bishop O'Dowd as a shooting guard, and for Lakeshow this spring, he was a tremendous point guard leading our top team, the Lakeshow 17s Black, to a 25 and 4 record. JJ is a two-year Lakeshow player who has been a true leader on the court."

Crum will be majoring in business and marketing.

Described as a talent who is speedy, pushes the ball and runs a team, Crum is hoping to bring "a bit of excitement, leadership as the years go by and a little fun" to the Holy Names program. He's being looked at as both a shooting guard and a point.

Remarkably, it was not a life since birth of playing hoops for Crum as he explained: "I didn't like basketball when I was younger. But some of my close friends were playing and I wanted to stay close to them so I began playing and became a fan."

Call his experience with hoops an acquired taste but now a love regardless.

Looking at his high school span of participation from being a freshman to concluding his senior season, Crum offered, "as a freshman, I was afraid to shoot outside of the key. But Lou Richie [the longtime Bishop O'Dowd assistant and new head coach] helped me with my jumpshot." Crum now displays a solid mid-range game with the threat of rising up for a three in the minds of opponents.

Two moments stand the test of time as Crum's court favorites. The first "was winning NorCal title as a junior while playing in the title game three years in a row." The other was scoring 17 points in the first half of a senior season contest.

Crum wished to extend thanks "first off, to God for giving me the opportunity, my parents for sticking with me and my coaches, teachers and teammates."