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Posted On: 01/18/18 12:50 PM
Not many freshman get an opportunity to start on a 4A team, but that’s just what Ankeny’s 6-foot guard Jaron Crews is experiencing.
Crews is role player for the Hawks, but has been starting since the first game of the season, he explained to PHIA his style of play, and how he was able to nab a role with the varsity at such a young age,
“I was working with Coach (Brandt) Carlson throughout the summer and he’s been helping me a lot so that it would be a smooth transition to varsity,” said Crews.
“I’m a combo-guard who can shoot and get to the hoop. I can pretty much do anything that my team needs me to do.”
Crews is averaging 4.5 points per game this season for the Hawks, and although he’s in rarified air, starting as a freshman, he says he could be playing better.
“I think I could be playing better, I think I could hit a couple more shots. I wasn’t shooting that well the first half of the season,” said Crews.
And with the Hawks struggling at 2-10, their goals have been re-calibrated a bit.
“We want to get a lot more wins and get a third seed in districts,” said Crews. “A lot of our games have been close, and we should have won. When it comes playoff time, we can beat most of those teams we lost to.”
When his freshman season in complete, he’ll head right into a 15U season with Kingdom Hoops.
“I’m just looking forward to getting out of the state and playing with my team that I’ve always been playing with,” said Crews. “And just having fun with them.”