Crowley gets Vandy release, weighs options

West Point native Austin Crowley has obtained his release from his basketball scholarship to Vanderbilt and now is weighing offers from several other universities.
By: 
STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

West Point native Austin Crowley has obtained his release from his basketball scholarship to Vanderbilt and now is weighing offers from several other universities.

But he’ll wait until this week’s Geico National Challenge in New York City is over.

“He’s going to focus on the Geico tournament then make a decision,” his father, West Point Parks and Rec Director James Crowley, said.

The 6-6, 185-pound shooting guard signed with Vandy early this year, but sought out of the agreement when the SEC school ousted coach Bryce Drew two weeks ago.

NCAA rules allow student-athletes to request out of their scholarships if the coach is let go.

Drew recruited Crowley, who is one of the nation’s top shooting guards. He is completing his senior year at basketball power Sunrise Christian in Kansas, where he went his junior year to hone his basketball potential. Sunrise, ranked in the top 15 in the country, is one of eight teams playing in the elite Geico tourney this week. Sunrise first game will be televised Thursday on ESPN2. The tourney includes the top four teams in the country.

Crowley was part of two straight top recruiting classes for Drew at Vandy.

His removal came after a dismal year in which the Commodores went 0-18 in the SEC.

According to his father, the younger Crowley now has offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Creighton, Southern Methodist, Northwestern, and Tennessee, among others.

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