Lady Tops add JUCO guard Crawford to 2013 signing class

Western Kentucky women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard announced the signing Monday of Jasmine Crawford, a 5-foot-5-inch guard from Chipola College (Fla.)

“We are very excited about adding Jasmine Crawford to our roster,” Heard said in a statement. “She is a true point guard that is very vocal, has an unbelievable personality and feels like a natural fit for our team. After speaking with her and having her on campus, I am very excited about the things she can bring to the table for us. I am excited to get her on the court and coach her.

“She has been in winning programs throughout her career and we are all looking forward to her bringing that winning attitude to the Hill.”

Crawford averaged 10.1 points, 3.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds as a sophomore for Chipola, earning All-Panhandle Conference second-team honors.

The St. Louis native helped Chipola to a 27-7 record and an Elite Eight finish in the NJCAA Women’s Basketball National Tournament. She played her freshman season at Jefferson College (Mo.), where she averaged 10.4 points per game.

“Jasmine is a very, very good defender,” Chipola coach Greg Franklin said. “She’s a kid that plays team defense and she’s a leader. She’s always trying to get the team to go harder and be tougher. She’s always on point and one of the hardest workers I’ve ever had.

“She’s better offensively going to the basket. Her jumpshot is a little streaky from the 3, but when she gets going, she gets going. She played the 2 and the 1 for us. She’s versatile as a combo-guard, and she has a high basketball IQ.”

Crawford committed to WKU over the weekend while on her official visit. Franklin endorsed the move, he said, with a strong knowledge of the school having grown up in Central City.

“She said she liked it,” Franklin said. “We talked via text message, and she said she thought this was what she wanted to do, and I told her I thought it was a great school.”

Crawford will have two years of eligibility left. With five signees and the departures of freshmen LeAsia Wright and Mariah Sunkett, WKU will have 14 players on its roster next season.

The Lady Tops have four other recruits in the 2013 class who signed in November – guard Kierra Muhammad, forward Aleeya Harris, and centers Bria Gaines and Ruta Savickaite.

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