Joe Jones has picked up a commitment from Ohio two-sport star Chris Crockett of Columbus Academy. Crockett was drawing high-level recruiting interest as both a basketball and football prospect prior to sustaining a knee injury this past fall on the football field. He returned for the final five regular season contests and the playoffs, averaging 14.8 points in those games. Crockett chose the Lions over basketball interest from Boston University and a football offer from Dartmouth. He is the sixth high schooler to commit to Columbia this year, giving Jones an infusion of youth after graduating six seniors, four of whom started this past season.
Slant: The story of the would-be high-major prospect who ends up at the Ivy level after a knee injury during his senior year is hardly new, but Crockett’s knee injury was a dislocated knee cap — not ligament damage like in the other cases. He’s a scoring point guard, though reportedly more of a true point guard than Steve Egee. Jones desperately needed to bring in a lead guard in this recruiting class, with Brett Loscalzo and Kashif Sweet walking across the stage this month and health questions surrounding Patrick Foley, the only returning option at the point. In the end, Crockett could wind up being a big steal late in the game for the Lions.