Jae Crowder, a man whose journey to Marquette included stops at two different junior colleges, has been honored with the Big East’s highest individual award after averaging 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds for the 9th-ranked Golden Eagles. The 6’6″ senior forward was also selected to the All-Big East First Team with his teammate Darius Johnson-Odom.
A native of Georgia, Crowder graduated from Villa Rica High School and enrolled at South Georgia Technical College. After one season there, he transferred to Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. He spent one stellar season at Howard, being named the State Farm Junior College Player of the Year. Despite that, Crowder was only offered three Division I scholarships and was the least-heralded prospect in Marquette’s 2010 recruiting class.