Jaye Crockett is the first Red Raider since Andre Emmett in the 2004 edition of the event to be selected to play in the Reese’s Division I All-Star Game, a National Association of Basketball Coaches event.
“I feel really honored, especially because I remember watching Andre in the dunk contest and stuff back then,” Crockett said. “Just being here now, it’s crazy how fast time flies.”
Crockett was named to the West Squad, joining two other players from the Big 12 — Cameron Clark of Oklahoma and Cory Jefferson of Baylor.
The teams are composed of senior student-athletes in NCAA Division I.
The game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 4:30 p.m. on Friday but it will be telecast on a tape delay on Saturday, April 5 from 11-1 p.m. on CBS.
Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins will coach the West.
Dawkins played at Duke from 1983-86, won the Naismith his final year and became the Blue Devils’ all-time leading scorer before J.J. Reddick broke his record in 2006.
Dawkins then went on to play nine seasons in the NBA before serving on the Duke coaching staff for 11 years.
He started his job at Stanford in 2008 and recently led the Cardinal to a Sweet Sixteen appearance this year.
“I didn’t really know about his playing career but they told me he played at Duke and he was real good,” Crockett said. “Coach E gave me a little history about him. I’m pretty excited about it.”
Crockett finished his career at Tech 24th on the all-time scoring list.
This past season, he averaged 13.9 points per game and 6.4 rebounds while shooting a league-best 51.7 percent from the field.
“I know he’ll do a good job like he did for us all year long,” Tech head coach Tubby Smith said. “I thought Jaye’s play this year was a key to us getting the 14 wins we did get.”
With his career over as a Red Raider, Crockett hopes to use this opportunity to play basketball at the next level.
“Right now I’m kind of in the process of getting an agent and I know there will be some there,” Crockett said. “I think it’ll just be a way I can showcase my talent and a way I can get more eyes toward me and more guys might get invested in me. It will help me get more opportunities as far as going to the next level.”
Smith said that Crockett is also getting looked at as a possible selection for the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Vir. which will give him even more exposure.
“I’m pulling for Jaye because I think he can play in the NBA,” Smith said. “I know he can play overseas but I’d love to see him get a shot. We’re going to do all we can to get him that opportunity.”
While the focus of Crockett and the Tech coaching staff is to extend his playing career, his selection to this event gives Texas Tech basketball some exposure as well.
“It just lets kids know that you don’t have to be at the Dukes or the Kansases or the Kentuckys to have these opportunities,” Crockett said. “We are in a big conference, but it just shows if you work hard, a lot of good things will come.”
WEST ALL-STAR TEAM
Coach: Johnny Dawkins, Stanford
Name Pos College
Davion Berry G Weber State
Justin Cobbs G California
Neil Watson G Southern Mississippi
Drew Crawford G Northwestern
Jaye Crockett F Texas Tech
Cameron Clark F Oklahoma
Cory Jefferson F Baylor
Shawn Jones F Mid.Tennessee
Sam Dower C Gonzaga
C. Standhardinger F Hawaii
Garrick Sherman C Notre Dame
EAST ALL-STAR TEAM
Coach: Mark Turgeon, University of Maryland
Name Pos College
Joe Jackson G Memphis
Langston Hall G Mercer
Lamar Patterson G/F Pittsburgh
Pendarvis Williams G Norfolk State
Dwayne Evans F Saint Louis
Will Sheehey F Indiana
Juvonte Reddic F VCU
Jerrelle Benimon F Towson