Former Kentucky Wildcat Joe Crawford was thought to have mounds of pro potential when he came to Lexington. He'll get a chance to realize that potential, just a lot later than some thought.
The Los Angeles Lakers selected Crawford with the 28th pick of the second round (58th overall) in Thursday's NBA Draft.
Crawford was one of three McDonald's All-Americans to sign with the Wildcats in the high school class of 2005, but he's the last to become a professional. The Phoenix Suns drafted Rajon Rondo 21st overall in 2006 then traded him to the Boston Celtics, with whom he won an NBA championship earlier this month. Randolph Morris, the most highly-touted of the three players, signed a free-agent contract with the New York Knicks following his junior season at Kentucky.
That left Crawford as one of two scholarship seniors on UK's roster in 2007-08, and Crawford made the most it. He led the Wildcats with 17.9 points per game, increasing that to 23.8 an outing in the final five games of the year.
He wrapped his Wildcat career with 35 points in a first-round loss to Marquette in the NCAA tournament.