Posted On: 10/8/18 4:00 PM

He may have been a late invite, but when Cobee Crawford got word he could attend the Prime Time Top 40 Showcase, he jumped at the chance. The strong 6-foot, 170-pound lead guard from Benson High School knew he’d get a chance to run the floor with some serious talent and the junior knew he could fit right in.

“It’s a blessing and I’m grateful that I got the invite to play against the best competition in the state,” Crawford said. “All the hard work I’ve put in, it’s paying off. I like it and I’m going to keep going.”

Crawford drew some praise from some of the coaches working the camp, who noted in particular how hard he attacked the basket. He also hit some perimeter jumpers to keep defenses honest. Crawford spent the summer playing up at the 17U level with Nike Team Northwest’s top team and it was a time of growth for him.

“My teammates were great and we played good team ball,” Crawford said. “I felt I played pretty good – there’s a lot of improvement always but I held my own and it was a good experience. I worked on my passing, shooting – basically everything. I’ve got to keep grinding, early morning, late nights, all that.”

Crawford is just starting to hear from college coaches with some feelers coming so far from the likes of Colorado and San Francisco. At this point, the dream like everyone else is Division I but he’s staying open with the process. “Just a good fit,” Crawford said. “Maybe somewhere sunny but I’m not too picky. I just want to play basketball as long as I can. It’s what I love – it’s a lifestyle.”

With that, his focus will be on the upcoming season at Benson where he feels the Techmen will be right in the mix. “The PIL is a little weaker than what it was last year but it’s going to be competitive,” Crawford said. “With Grant and Jeff, we’re looking to compete. I’m trying to go as far as I can with what I’ve got – I’d love to get First Team All-State but it’s all about the team. I just want to win.”