West Point basketball star transfers

Austin Crowley, a 4-star point guard for West Point,  recently transferred to Sunrise Christian Prep in Wichita, Kansas.
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BRIAN HAMILTON
Staff Writer

Austin Crowley, a 4-star point guard for West Point, recently transferred to Sunrise Christian Prep in Wichita, Kansas.

Crowley’s father, James, confirmed on Wednesday that Austin is already at Sunrise and is practicing with the team.

James said his son played AAU basketball on the Nike circuit and had looked at several different prep schools in the past, but he wanted to make it work at West Point.

“On the AAU circuit, he’s in the top 50, 55, or something like that, and these prep schools will begin to say ‘hey, look, we’ve got a good program’, so we had looked at several different programs,”

James Crowley said. “We love West Point, we grew up here, but right now when we go places and play, they’re double teaming and triple teaming him and he couldn’t really do anything. What we were really trying to do is advance his skills, so that when he gets to a college he’s ready to play.”

Crowley had 38 points in the opener against Houston, but did see double and triple teams come his way last week against Neshoba in an eight point effort.

“West Point is a great school, but we were just looking to really help Austin in regards to what is best for him with his particular skill level,” James Crowley said. “We got to talking to each other and put a lot of thought in it, a lot of prayer, and we just made the choice.”

Crowley withdrew from West Point this week and did all of the paperwork to enroll at Sunrise Prep.

According to James Crowley, Austin flew from Birmingham to Wichita on Tuesday and began practice with the team yesterday. Crowley will play in the Lighthouse Tournament in Corinth, Mississippi, this weekend before hitting the road for games in Chicago, among other places.

Austin wants the message relayed that West Point is still home and that he appreciates everyone’s help and encouragement they’ve provided.

“I appreciate everyone who has had anything to do with helping me get to the level I am at, from my former coaches, to my teammates, teachers and all,” Austin Crowley said. “We kind of had to make a decision and leave pretty quick, so I didn’t get to go around and tell everybody.”

West Point head coach Donta Yates could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

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