Crosby Opts for Prep School, Won't Be A Terp

Crosby Opts for Prep School, Won't Be A Terp

For a period of about 48 hours, it looked like the Terps were about to add another class of 2014 point guard to the mix. Baltimore native John Crosby claimed a Maryland offer and visited College Park, Md., Aug. 23, hinting that he could be committing shortly thereafter.

For a period of about 48 hours, it looked like the Terps were about to add another class of 2014 point guard to the mix. Baltimore native John Crosby claimed a Maryland offer and visited College Park, Md., Aug. 23, hinting that he could be committing shortly thereafter. But less than a day later, Crosby said that while he thoroughly enjoyed his UMD visit, he would instead be enrolling at New Hampton Prep (New Hampton, N.H.) and reclassifying to the 2015 class.

“The decision’s been made, and it’s a firm one. I’m definitely going to be in the 2015 class and be going to New Hampton,” the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Crosby said. “I just decided it’s best to take my time with the process and keep an open mind with my recruitment. New Hampton was where I was originally going to go before Maryland came into the picture late, and I thought it was best to go through with [attending prep school] and not make a last-minute change.”

Crosby said it was a difficult choice, because he grew up a Terps fan and called Maryland his “dream school.” But after speaking to his family and coaches, he opted to take a more deliberate approach rather than jumping at an opportunity that just recently cropped up.

“Maryland is really great, but the whole thing felt kind of rushed. I had to think of it like a business decision, and no smart business decision comes last minute,” Crosby said. “But it was tough to turn it down. It’s a lot to like at Maryland. It’s definitely a dream school for me, and being from Baltimore and growing up a Terps fan, it really would be a great opportunity.

“And just on my visit [Aug. 23], being on campus, there is so much to like there. The facilities are top notch, the coaches are great, and I think Coach [Mark] Turgeon has a great vision and will have Maryland back in the Sweet 16 and Final Four again. I really would be fortunate to go there, but at the end of the day I just couldn’t rush into it.”

Crosby said he had a long talk with Turgeon after the trip. The Baltimore product said the two came to an understanding, and Crosby is hoping UMD’s head man will take a chance on him in the 2015 class. That might not happen with the Terps targeting 2015 St. James (Md.) point guard Justin Robinson, though perhaps if things fall into place UMD could reconsider.

“Coach Turgeon is a great guy and he understands it’s late and maybe not fair for me to be rushed,” Crosby said. “He told me he still wants to stay in touch with me as a 2015 guy, and he’s going to sleep on things and see if he’ll offer me for [that class]. We’ll see what happens there. If [Turgeon] offered me for 2015, honestly, I’d probably commit to them. If [UMD] gave me that chance and trusts me enough to recruit me again, yeah, I’ll probably go there. But I feel like I need another year just to improve my game and see what’s available to me … we’ll see if Maryland will stick with me.”

The New Hampton recruit said he does have firm 2015 offers from SMU, VCU, Dayton, Rhode Island, La Salle and Rutgers. He has not visited any of those programs, though he plans to take in Dayton and Rhode Island in short order. His goal, though, is to continue developing as a point guard and prove he can play at the high-major level.

“I’m going up to New Hampton to strengthen every part of my game,” said Crosby, who claims no standouts or leaders among his current offers. “I’ll be going against high Division I guys every day, and that’s going to make me better and more prepared for the Big Ten or the ACC or wherever. And I feel like I need this year away from home to grow, mature and develop as a man, where I have to make my own choices and be responsible. For me to have this chance at New Hampton, I feel it’s best for me in the long run.”

If Crosby does indeed improve and land a few more coveted offers, he said he should be ready to commit by November.

“I’ll be locked in by then,” he said. “I feel like when some of these [college] coaches see me I’ll have more options and be ready to make a decision.”

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