Tyree Crump will be an impact player at Georgia starting next season.
Crump is a 6’3″ 175 pound Combo Guard that is capable of playing both Point Guard and Shooting Guard, which enables Georgia to use him as a primary ball handler or as a second ball handler on the floor. Crump’s role could be very important against pressing defenses so that defenses must account for a second player that is capable of handling the ball like a Point Guard. There are clear benefits to bringing a Combo Guard into the Georgia Basketball program and it is a sign at Georgia that the specified roles are becoming blurred within the frontcourt and backcourt.
Tyree Crump is from Bainbridge, Georgia, which is not exactly an area known for emphasizing High School Basketball nor a passionate embrace of the Georgia Basketball program. Bainbridge, Georgia is in the Wiregrass Region and Florida State and Auburn do hold a significant influence as far as fandom in this region as well as admitting future students.
When considering Southwest Georgia (West of I-75 and South of U.S. 280 and Fort Benning) as a whole over the past six recruiting classes, according to ESPN’s rankings within the State of Georgia, the more traditional hotbed for Football talent has not been considered such for Basketball.
- Class of 2016: Two recruits in Top 20 (Jordan Harris and Tyree Crump – Both Georgia signees)
- Class of 2015: NONE
- Class of 2014: NONE
- Class of 2013: NONE
- Class of 2012: One recruit (Willie Clayton – Signed with Charlotte)
- Class of 2011: NONE
For Mark Fox to bring in a pair of 4 Star Guards from Southwest Georgia is an anomaly in College Basketball recruiting and to get them to commit on the same day is incredible.
Recruiting experts have biases and talent from South Georgia as a whole are not considered to be on the same level as the Atlanta area talent. These biases certainly come into play when evaluating Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris. Crump and Harris’ geographic location may have come into play when it comes to their evaluation as compared as to Brandon Robinson, Alterique Gilbert, D’Marcus Simonds and Jared Harper. Crump played for Showtime Hoops, based out of Tallahassee, Florida, in the AAU circuit. Crump’s geographic status did not hinder the experts from all recruiting agencies from rating him as a 4 star talent in the Top 100 recruits for the Class of 2016.
High School Stats
Crump has shown improvement in all metrics during the course of High School Basketball tenure and he has his current school year to finish before he heads to the Classic City. Crump is a scorer, but not the most active distributor nor efficient ball handler according to the metrics. Crump’s individual defensive effort has improved over the course of his time in High School.
Crump was an average three point shooter during the past two seasons, but to call him ‘bad’ would be an incredibly inaccurate statement. Crump has room for improvement from beyond the arc and he’s not an awful shooter, generally speaking. He’s an above average Free Throw shooter with a nose for getting to the Free Throw line, averaging seven free throws per game as a Junior in High School. If Crump can come to UGA and attempt seven free throws a game while shooting between 75-80% from the Charity Stripe, it would be what fans wish Charles Mann was able to do.
Breaking Down Tyree Crump’s Game
- Aggression: Crump is a fearless offensive player, believes he can use his quickness and slick ball handling skills to out-time his opposition’s efforts to thwart him.
- Able to Create His Own Shot: Is not really a catch-and-shoot guy, which works and explains his combo guard status.
- Recognizes that he has to distribute: It’s not natural to him and it shows, but he wants to be unselfish.
- Upper Body Shooting Mechanics: It looks sound and he has a good release.
- Speed and Quickness: Typically, he’s the fastest guy on the floor, but he really showcases it in half court settings.
- First Step: This is why he is able to draw so many fouls and make magic happen within the perimeter, he already has defenders beat off the first step, it’s so quick.
- Turnover propensity: Highlight packages don’t show turnovers, but averaging 3.2 turnovers a game against outmatched competition in High School means that Crump must make this a point of emphasis to correct.
- Shooting Footwork: It’s a bit awkward, just watch him shoot and notice how he will lean and kick forward. His release and upper body look right, but his footwork is unusual. There’s also an inconsistency in terms of how he leans into his shot as well, especially when open. There is a sense that he is bracing for contact or expecting to be blanketed when taking the shot. However, if he can come to Athens and shoot in the high 30s in terms of percentage, nobody is going to complain about it and it is just going to be considered a quirk.
- Playing without the Ball: How will he adjust to playing without the ball and not being the primary ball handler at times?
- Defense: He’s going to have to learn how to defend like most incoming Freshmen will have to do, there are very few defensive aces at the age of 16 or 17. Defense can be taught and the good news is that the Georgia staff will turn a guy that is averaging 1.8 steals per game against lesser competition into a solid defender in the SEC, but it will take a little time.
- Tweener Size and Strength: Crump may still grow another inch or two in height and can certainly put on muscle mass to help him endure the beatings that driving into the lane with regularity will do in the SEC. Crump was a 6’2″ 170 pound Point Guard a year ago and he is now 6’3″ 175 pounds. To defend and play with the Shooting Guards, he will need to put on the necessary weight.
Tyree Crump can easily be compared to Will “Turtle” Jackson, but the difference is that Jackson is more instinctively like a Point Guard than Crump. Crump is a scoring combo guard that happens to distribute the ball as a ball handler, but Jackson is far more blended and the distributor role comes more naturally. Being a primary ball handler does not include the skill nor instinct to distribute and set up teammates. Jackson was once a ballyhooed 4 Star Combo Guard himself before suffering a knee injury.
Crump is going to be fun to watch at Georgia and seeing his interplay with his best friend Jordan Harris will allow fans to see him in a different light than in High School or AAU. Crump may become an even more unselfish player and the bond that he has with Harris may carry over into a leadership role down the road. Crump will also help make up for the loss of Charles Mann because he is able to draw fouls in volume, he needs to get himself physically ready for this. Crump and Harris were once rivals, but may make perfect teammates and improve the reputation of not only High School Basketball in the Wiregrass, but also Georgia Basketball.