Crump signs Georgia basketball scholarship

Published 11:15 am Thursday, November 12, 2015

It’s a dream come true for guard Tyree Crump.

Wednesday afternoon, the Bainbridge senior wore a bright red Georgia hat and had an even brighter grin. He was going to be a Bulldog.

Crump signed a full-ride, four-year scholarship to play basketball at UGA on the eve of his senior season as a Bearcat.

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“I’m just ready to get there and be on the floor,” Crump said. “I’m most excited about playing and being around the team. I’ve worked so hard. Two to three workouts every day, 500 shots every day.”

Crump lead the Bearcats in scoring last season, racking up a total of 520 points and averaging 19.8 points per game. He hit 77 3-pointers, and has gained recognition as one of the best shooters in the high school game. He was named first-team All-State for Class AAAA by the AJC as a junior after earning second-team recognition for Class AAAAA as a sophomore.

Bainbridge coach Rickey McCullough said his shooting and scoring abilities are what set him apart from other players.

“He can really score the basketball,” McCullough said. “He’s as good of a shooter as I’ve ever coached.”

Throughout his high school career, Crump has made 1,601 points, 368 rebounds (111 offensive, 187 defensive), 164 assists, 125 steals and 340 free throws. These numbers are what attracted Georgia coach Mark Fox to the Bainbridge player.

“Tyree is a very good athlete and has demonstrated a great ability to shoot and score,” Fox told WCTV Tallahassee. “He is a very competitive young man who we certainly think will have a positive impact on our program in the very near future.”

Crump, 6-feet-2-inches and 170 pounds, committed to Georgia in September 2014 after receiving offers from Auburn, Florida State, Memphis, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.

“I’m excited,” Crump’s mother, Shantell, said. “It’s just a dream come true. I never thought in a million years my little baby boy would be signing to the University of Georgia. He’s very dedicated. I’m just happy.”

Also signing Wednesday to play for Georgia was Seminole County player Jordan Harris, another highly ranked prospect.