Beavers sign Crockrell to National Letter of Intent
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Beavers sign Crockrell to National Letter of Intent
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Head Bemidji State men’s basketball coach Matt Bowen today announced the signing of Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.) to a National Letter of Intent to play for BSU beginning the 2011-12 season. Crockrell is the 17th player under Bowen to sign during the regular period in his five seasons at Bemidji State.

Crockrell, a junior transfer from Scottsdale Community College, joins BSU juniors James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) and Ryan Kinnell (C, Yuma, Ariz.) as Beavers that hail from Arizona.

All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

“We are excited to welcome Dermaine to the program,” Bowen said. “He gives us a slashing ability that we sometimes lack and can score off the dribble, creating for himself and others. He will fit into our system of play, enhancing what we already have.”

Dermaine Crockrell • Guard • 6-2 • 160 • Mesa, Ariz. • Scottsdale Community College • Westwood High School  

Crockrell earned Third-Team Division II All-American honors last season for Scottsdale Community College, averaging 18.7 points per game for the Fighting Artichokes... His point total led the team and ranked 36th in the nation, guiding SCC to a 14-15 overall record and to the first round of the district playoffs... He averaged 4.8 rebounds per game, adding 2.8 assists, 1.1 steal and 0.8 block per contest... The Mesa, Ariz. native shot 49 percent from field, 39 percent from beyond the arc and owned a 72 percent clip from the charity stripe... Crockrell recorded double-figures in points 20 times during the 2010-11 season and had two double-doubles, scoring 18 points and adding 10 rebounds both times... Averaged 22 points and 5.1 rebounds during a seven-game stretch Nov. 17-Dec. 16... Scored a season-high 31 points on 11-of-18 (61.1%) field goal shooting in a 105-80 victory against Central Arizona College Dec. 1.     

Personal: He is the son of Tammy Crockrell... Born August 28, 1989... Plans to major in sport management with a minor in communication.

The Beavers finished the regular season 11-15 overall and 8-14 in the NSIC to sit in a three-way tie for 10th and just a game out of a tie for eighth. BSU closed the season winners in four of its last six games, which included downing Winona State University in the season finale Feb. 26, beating the Warriors for the second consecutive season in Winona.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).