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April 3, 2013

Niagara Falls' Crumpton named Gazette Player of the Year

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"That's what got him the first offer. ... Coach Parrotta saw him in our huddles, and he loved how he handled himself."

But Parrotta was fired after the Golden Griffins went 5-25 in 2011-12. When newly-hired Jim Baron took over, he told Crumpton that he'd have to re-earn the scholarship.

Crumpton returned to the Canisius camp the following summer before his senior season. Playing against a showcase team from Canada that had two D-1 prospects, Crumpton put up 39 points, Baron upheld the scholarship offer and Crumpton signed.

"I think that's when (Jermaine) realized how good he was," Constantino said.

The transition from high school to college won't be easy, though. Crumpton, who stands 6-foot-4, was often the biggest player on the court growing up. At Canisius, he'll likely play guard, a transition Constantino is helping prepare him for.

"Sal'sĀ got me in the gym, doing dribbling drills with (fellow NFHS standout J.J. Wilkins), learning how to shoot off screens, little things like that," Crumpton said.

"We really allowed him to step out a lot this year," Constantino said. "I think he's become a very good shooter for a kid his size. Through JV he was always the biggest guy, and you always put the biggest guy under the basket. That won't be the case next year."

Follow Gazette sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.

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