Column: Chris Crawford could possibly play more of small forward next season

Chris Crawford will be going into his senior year at the University of Memphis, which means it will be the last dance for Crawford. I personally like Crawford and we shook hands on Friday of last week. He seems like a cool, mellow guy.

I talked to him about the Bluff City Classic and he mentioned that he is really enjoying playing basketball in the summer. He seems prepared for next season and can’t wait to step onto the hardwood floor at the FedEx Forum. But, there’s an scenario that could take place for the Tigers next season.

As I have mentioned before, Josh Pastner will have a lot of talent on the roster and could possibly run multiple line-ups at his opponents. If he wants to go small, then he could easily put Joe Jackson, Michael Dixon, and Crawford in the line-up at the same time. Dixon will fit better at the point guard position. Jackson would play at the two spot and Crawford would play more of small forward.

This scenario should not be an issue for Crawford, because he’s quicker than most small forwards and can pull it from long range. I like to call him “Mr. Ray Allen of College Basketball” because when he’s on, he’s on fire. When Memphis plays Florida, Oklahoma State, and Gonzaga, Pastner may want to go with three guards in the line-up to throw the defense off. With so many lethal weapons on the floor, the defense will not know who to focus on.

Let’s not forget to mention that Pastner should have David Pellom in the line-up along with Shaq Goodwin. The upperclassmen will jell well together and Memphis could end up with an high seed in the NCAA Tournament and a deep run in the making.

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