West Point native gearing up for freshman year at Ole Miss

Ole Miss freshman guard Austin Crowley, a West Point native, goes up for a shot during a recent practice. (Submitted photo)
By: 
RYAN PHILLIPS
DTL Editor

It’s a new school year for Ole Miss freshman Austin Crowley, but if you ask the West Point native, there aren’t many jitters as he transitions from prep school to college life.

The 6-foot, 6-inch, 185-pound guard started classes at the University of Mississippi over the summer after de-committing from Vanderbilt as Kermit Davis finished his first season as head basketball coach for the Rebels.

“I just took one math class [over the summer] and it helps to get you situated with how it’s going to be,” Crowley said with regards to his first year on campus. After playing most of his high school basketball career at West Point High School, he went on to finish at Sunrise Christian — a prep school in Wichita, Kansas, which boasts a nationally-recognized basketball program.

A shooting guard, he was ranked as the 121st player in the country and in the top 20 at his position in high school.

Now a Rebel, Crowley said plans to major in Sports and Recreation, possibly one day becoming a sports agent or working in the public sector like his father, West Point Parks and Recreation Director James Crowley.

“It’s been nice,” Austin Crowley said as he adjusts to the speed of the college game. “We’re getting the offense down and learning the defensive layout and getting the ball moving and a lot of weights.”

Crowley also praised Davis as his new head coach, saying he is the same man in the locker room as he was on the recruiting trail.

“He’s always be there to help you,” he said of the Ole Miss coach. “He’s been a great coach to me, loves me to death and I love him to death.

“I’m more prepared than the average player, too and [Davis] loves that fact that I understand and have a defensive background,” Crowley added.

When asked what he is looking forward to most going into his freshman year, Crowley said the atmosphere and the chance to come back home and play as an Ole Miss Rebel when his team visits rival Mississippi State in Starkville. Even though it will be a rivalry, he's excited to come home.

“I’m just looking forward to every SEC game because of the vibe,” Crowley said. “I always pictured myself doing this.”

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