When all things are equal, the old adage in football says that “speed kills.”
But when it comes to basketball, shooting is what really kills.
With that in mind, Riverside sharpshooter Malik Crowfield has been one of the most sought-after prospects in Louisiana by many coaches over the past few years.
The senior’s college search finally came to an end Thursday, though, when he announced his commitment to Virginia Commonwealth.
“They are getting a guy that can play anywhere from point guard to small forward,” Riverside coach Timmy Byrd said. “He’s multi-dimensional, he can guard, he can rebound and his shooting is going to be a reason he plays early for them, in my opinion.”
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard also considered Tulane, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Iowa, Mississippi State and Baylor before announcing his decision on Twitter.
Crowfield has been a major contributor in Riverside’s run to three straight state championships, and was named Class 2A Player of the Year following the 2014 season.
He also made first-team all-state in Class 2A after averaging 17.5 points and 11.3 rebounds in 2015.
Crowfield is considered a three-star prospect on most recruiting services and is rated the No. 40 shooting guard in the nation, according to 247Sports.
“He’s a great teammate and really great in the locker room,” Byrd said. “He’s a dream player for any coach, and he’s going to be a steal for that program.”
Three local players have been selected to play in the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association all-star girls basketball game.
Paige Franckiewicz of Mount Carmel, Rakell Spencer of Cabrini and Kechelle Figueroa of Warren Easton will all play on the East squad in the game.
Franckiewicz will play collegiately at Loyola, while Spencer is a Texas A&M signee.
Figueroa hasn’t committed to a school yet.
Cabrini coach Nancy Walsh will be an assistant coach for the East squad.
The game is scheduled for March 19 at Bossier City Community College.