NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Men’s Basketball coach Dana Ford announced the signing of two transfers to join the program for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Xavier Richards (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) and Christian Crockett (Houston, Texas) join Darreon Reddick as the first signees of the Ford era at TSU.
Richards is a 6’2, 195 pound guard that comes to TSU from Baltimore City Community College, while Crockett, a 6’6, 210 pound forward, joins the Big Blue from Odessa College.
Richards was named to the National Junior College athletic Association All-American third team as he led BCCC to Region XX championship. Richards played in 32 games, averaging 19.2 points on 59.3 percent shooting with 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.
As a freshman, Richards played in all 31 games, starting 10, shooting 56% from the field with a total of 189 points, 116 rebounds, 30 assists, 24 steals and 15 blocks. The incoming junior prepped at Gwyn Park High School.
Crockett helped OC to a 22-7 record, playing in 26 games, averaging 7.7 points per game by shooting 54 percent from the field, while grabbing 5.0 rebounds per game.
Crockett spent his first season at Mount St. Mary’s of the Northeast Conference. The 6’6 forward made his collegiate debut against Pittsburgh, while also getting time against Georgetown.
At Travis High School, Crockett averaged 10 points and six rebounds as a senior and was named First Team All-District and to the HABCA All-Star team while earning a spot on the All-Tournament team. He averaged 12 points and seven rebounds in the playoffs to help Travis, ranked 27th in the nation, to a spot in the Texas Class 5A Championship game. As a junior, Crockett started every game while leading the team in rebounding. During the playoffs, Crockett averaged 15 points and six rebounds and was named honorable mention All-District. A three-year letter winner at Travis, he played summer AAU with the Adidas Houston Hoopstars 17U team.