TAMPA – University of South Florida men’s basketball coach Stan Heath announced today that freshman guard Anthony Crater has signed a Grant-In-Aid with USF and will begin classes this week.
Crater was granted a transfer release from Ohio State after playing 10 games with the Buckeyes this season. The 6-foot-1 guard will sit out the rest of this year and have two-and-a-half years of eligibility remaining and become eligible as a sophomore at the end of the first semester on December 12, 2009.
“We are very excited to add Anthony to our basketball team,” said Heath. “I’ve had the opportunity to watch him play as young player through the years. We felt the need to strengthen our guard play and Anthony’s ball skills, quickness and playmaking abilities will be a welcome addition to our team.”
The Flint, Mich., averaged 13.1 minutes a game at OSU and averaged 1.2 points and had 19 assists to just nine turnovers.
Crater was highly touted coming out of high school. He was a two-time All-Michigan performer and was voted Class B Player of the Year by the Associated Press following his junior year. He averaged 16.2 points and more than eight assists as a junior and was named an all-league and all-city selection each of his three years at Flint (Mich.) Southwestern Academy.
Crater led SWA to three city championships and two Michigan Class B final four appearances as a sophomore and junior, helping the Knights finish with identical 24-3 records in 2006 and 2007. After three years at SWA, Crater transferred to Brewster (N.H.) Academy to complete his high school eligibility at the prep school. While at Brewster, the team captured its first New England Class A title and advanced to the national final four with a school-record 31 victories (31-4). He averaged 16 points and 8.0 assists at Brewster his senior year.
He was rated the 21st best point guard in the country by Scout.com after his senior year.
Crater is the son of Lisa Jimerson and Anthony Crater Sr. He has a brother, Treyvon, and a sister, Kyla.