It’s been just three months since Malik Crowfield helped lead Riverside to a basketball state championship on his way to earning Class 2A Player of the Year honors.
And since then, even more college offers have started to roll in for the 6-foot-4 guard from LSU, Arizona, Tulsa, UTEP, and Southeastern Louisiana, along with the Baylor offer he already had.
Crowfield, a rising junior, has two goals for when he competes in the fifth annual Southern Slam tournament, which starts Friday and ends Sunday at the Alario Center in Westwego.
“I am hoping to win the tournament and pick up some more offers,” said Crowfield, who plays with the New Orleans Elite.
Over 100 teams from Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia and New York will compete in the three-day event hosted by the Louisiana Dynasty.
Crowfield averaged 18.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in leading the Rebels to their second straight 2A boys title.
“There hasn’t been any extra pressure,” Crowfield said when asked about the expectations after a stellar sophomore season. “I have spent the summer working on my ball handling and coming off the pick and roll.”
Crowfield is just one of several highly recruited players who will compete in this weekend’s showcase.
Jacob Evans of St. Michael the Archangel in Baton Rouge plays for the host Louisiana Dynasty and is being recruited by LSU, Alabama, Tulane, Oklahoma State and VCU.
Other local players in the tournament include Lamar Peters (Landry-Walker), Von Julien (Riverside), Jordan Andrews (Riverside) and Romalas Walker, who played last season at Carver.
The tournament is certified by the NCAA, and event organizers are expecting more than 150 college coaches to attend.
“This is more than a basketball tournament,” said Kendall Smith, who heads up the Louisiana Dynasty with Quannas White. “This is our major fundraiser for the year, and it helps us to cover our travel expenses as we travel to tournaments across the country as well as our educational enrichment and community service projects. We just want people to come out and support something positive for our kids and watch a lot of really competitive youth basketball.”
The showcase consists of seven age groups ranging from ages 11-17.
While the 16-and-17-year-olds will play at the Alario Center, the 11-13-year-olds will play at Crescent City Christian and the 14 and 15s will play at Xavier University.
Visit louisianadynasty.org. for a complete schedule.
Easton, Lakeshore in tourney
Two teams from the New Orleans area will compete for the 2014 National Select 7-on-7 Championships to be played Friday and Saturday in Hoover, Ala.
Warren Easton and Lakeshore High are among the 32 teams from 15 states in the tournament.
“We try to raise the bar every time,” tournament organizer Brandon Sheppard said. “We set out to have the best 7-on-7 tournament in the country, and I think that to do that, you have to keep pushing.”
The teams participating in the tournament are either returning state champions, runner-ups, or are the winners of a 2014 National Select Qualifying tournament that was held this summer.
Landry-Walker also qualified for the tournament but opted not to attend.
The competition begins Friday with pool play at Hoover High School and the Hoover Met. Bracket play will take place on Saturday, also at Hoover High School and the Hoover Met.
Lakeshore is in Pool A, along with host Hoover, which has won the event four times.
Warren Easton is in Pool D, along with defending champion Kenton (Ohio).
Easton wide receiver Tyron Johnson is the lone 5-star recruit among teams in the field.
For more on the National Select 7-on-7 Championship Series, visit select7on7.com.
State Legion tourney set
The American Legion state baseball tournament begins on Saturday and ends on Tuesday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
The eight teams in the field, along with their high school affiliation, are ReFuel (Shaw), Crowley Millers, St. Landry Bank Indians, Deanie’s Seafood (Rummel), Gulf Coast Bank 29ers, Peake BMW (Brother Martin), Otto Candies (Hahnville) and Retif Oil (Jesuit).
The winner of the tournament advances to the National Mid-South tournament in North Little Rock on Aug. 8-12.
Go to kirschrooney.com for a complete schedule.