October 10, 2013

Crosno ready to make a move

Kevin McCarthy

A shoulder injury put Kevin Crosno on the shelf during the 2013 high school season playoffs and that sidelining carried over to this summer but his recent participation in the Bay Area Competition Clinic gave fans, but more importantly recruiters, an eyeful of what is to come in 2013-14.

photo of Kevin Crosno

The 6-foot-5 College Park High and Lakeshow 2015 talent was described as “a three man who can really shoot the ball (with three-point range). He can handle and pass the ball and he moves well without it. He had an eye-catching performance in this event.”

Crosno believes “shooting is my best skill” but what's also important to point out is the mindset he displayed when asked about his best basketball moment. He offered, “It was definitely winning the Nor Cal state section.” This when so many focus on a personal effort or achievement rather than a team success in describing a triumphant time. The absence of a ‘woe is me’ display despite his contributions being limited to lending vocal support is telling about his character.

Another prime time example of his selflessness is his willingness to play where it best suits his team's needs. Crosno is positioned at shooting guard with Lakeshow but the lack of size on the College Park roster requires him to move inside. “I'm the tallest guy so I play forward more.”

College Park Coach Craig Battle offered, “Kevin is a great kid and our all purpose guy who can play inside and outside. He's capable of doing some good things and we'll be depending on him a lot, especially in a leadership role this season.”

College Park High took the Diablo Valley Athletic League (DVAL) for the third time in four years last season, finishing 12-0 in conference and 27-6 overall. Team anchor Mikey Eggleton plus AJ Newell have departed and Seb Flores transferred to Bishop O'Dowd but 6-foot-1 junior Joe Demers as well as 6-foot-3 junior Steven Daily return, alongside Crosno. However, Daily is currently rehabilitating from a torn ACL so Demers and Crosno will be facing greater responsibility.

“We're looking to go back but it will be different this year,” Crosno said. This after Battle's group finished the season 54-47 on the short end to Redondo Union in Sacramento after taking down Dublin High and St. Francis High by 85-82 and 93-90 scores respectively.

Lakeshow Coach Joey Fuca, currently playing overseas in Germany, is definitely in Crosno's corner: “Kevin is a student of the game, always looking to get better. His coachable attitude paired with his work ethic, allows him to improve upon each season.”

With a grandfather measuring 6-foot-3 who played college ball at USF, there's a roundball family connection plus just entering his junior year in high school indicates more inches could be in Crosno's future.

His veering towards hoops came about for three specific reasons, the latter the clincher -- “I grew up playing soccer, baseball and basketball but I liked the speed of basketball, it was the most fun plus the one I was the most skilled in.”

Thankfully for College Park and Lakeshow fans.