CHS grad wants to give pro ball a shot

CNJ STAFF

With his amateur basketball career over, Jaye Crockett is taking the steps for a potential pro career.

Crockett, a 2009 Clovis High graduate, says he has been invited to the NBA’s pre-draft camp in Portsmouth and to the Reese’s All-Star Game, which will be played April 4 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the site of the Men’s Final Four.

“I have to play well in Portsmouth at the combine, the (Reese’s) All-Star game next week, and try to get invited to the NBA Summer League and the pre-draft workout in Chicago,” said Crockett, who is currently looking for an agent. “I just need to get exposure.”

Texas Tech media relations Jaye Crockett was a third-team All-Big 12 pick after leading Texas Tech in scoring and rebounding this season.

Texas Tech media relations
Jaye Crockett was a third-team All-Big 12 pick after leading Texas Tech in scoring and rebounding this season.

A third-team selection for the All-Big 12 Team, Crockett is the fifth player in Texas Tech history to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Crockett is ranked No. 64 among seniors on draftexpress.com. The draft, scheduled for June 26, features two rounds and 60 total picks.

If he isn’t drafted, Crockett said he would like to play overseas. He would try to finish up his graduate school work before then, but would postpone earning those last few credits if he needs to.

“That’s my first dream in life; my body won’t last me forever,” said Crockett.

Crockett is trying to become the 24th Red Raider ever drafted by an NBA team. The most recent was Andre Emmett, who was drafted in the second round in 2004 and played in 14 NBA games while bouncing around the D-League and overseas.

Clovis native and former Red Raider Bubba Jennings was the 16th pick of the fourth round, 86th overall, by the Dallas Mavericks in 1985, but did not make the team.