NCAA time for Crump
Decatur grad helps Purdue land a berth in the big tournament
By Mark Edwards
Neither Alabama nor Auburn made the NCAA tournament field, but Decatur did.
Rather, Decatur High graduate Tarrance Crump will play in the tournament as a Purdue point guard.
The Boilermakers (21-11) will face Arizona (20-10) in the opening round Friday in New Orleans.
Crump is a junior and in his first year on the court for Purdue. He started 14 games earlier in the season but has developed into a dependable reserve since then.
He averages 5.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists a game. He has made 80.6 percent of his free throws.
If every win mattered in getting Purdue into the NCAA field, then Crump played a major role in the Boilermakers landing the bid.
In Purdue’s most recent win, a 74-55 victory over Iowa in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, the Boilermakers’ starters struggled with fouls. Crump came off the bench, played 20 minutes and scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.
Purdue fell 63-52 to Ohio State in Saturday’s semifinals.
Crump came to Purdue from Shelton State Community College, where he helped the basketball team to a 30-8 record his sophomore season and an eighth-place finish in the
He was an all-state player at Decatur High and helped the Red Raiders to a runner-up finish in the Class 6A state tournament in 2001.
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