Drew Crawford (Naperville Central) has completed his basketball career at Northwestern.
But basketball might still be in his future.
Crawford spent the summer playing for the New Orleans Pelicans’ NBA summer league team in preparation for a career in professional basketball.
He scored 1,920 points during his career at Northwestern, second to only John Shurna’s 2,038.
“I wish we could have made one NCAA Tournament,” Crawford said. “The relationships that I have with the other players and coaches is something that stands out in my mind.
“The first step to being a successful basketball player in college is keeping your grades up. I had an opportunity to play for the Wildcats as my grades were good enough at Naperville Central to get that opportunity.”
In addition to his 13.4 point career average, the 6-foot-5 swing player also had 713 rebounds (5.0 per game), 286 assists, 118 steals and 98 blocked shots during his career.
Crawford holds the career record for games played and games started (142). He also holds the record for games played, playing 34 in both 2010 and 2011.
As a redshirt senior, Crawford scored 502 points (15.7 average) and grabbed 205 rebounds (6.4). He also had 71 assists, 25 steals and 18 blocked shots.
He was named a Big Ten third-team selection as a junior and redshirt senior.
The son of Dan and Claudia Crawford of Naperville earned his degree in economics in June. He was named an NCAA Division I Academic All-American as a senior.
There are two things that happened while Chris Prince (Naperville Central) was a member of the University of Wisconsin soccer team.
The team won more games, and bigger crowds came to watch the team play.
“I take pride in the fact that I helped turn the program around,” said Prince, a forward.
“We had a great impact on the program. My freshman year, 500 people would watch us play. There were noticeably more people this year. We had a home winning streak at home and that helped us draw.”
While Wisconsin, who made a NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in 2013, gradually got better, Prince was an impact player from his freshman year as he scored seven goals in 2010. He finished his career with 16 goals and 11 assists for 43 total points. As a senior, he had two goals (one game-winner) and five assists.
“We struggled mightily my freshman year,” said Prince. “We were so young and got trounced in so many games. Every year that we played together, we got smoother and smoother on the field.”
Overall, Prince played in 74 games (64 starts). He was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and was a second team all-conference selection as a freshman. He also earned second team status as a junior and senior.
As a senior, he was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team.
The son of Matt and Sandi Prince of Naperville will earn degrees in finance and risk management in December 2014. Prince is interning with Northwestern Mutual during the summer.
“I have a dream to play professional soccer,” said Prince. “I am working out and trying to find a spot.”
Former Naperville Central star is second in Wildcats’ career scoring.