Blaine Crawford

Senior Sendoff: Blaine Crawford

Another sendoff is here. This time Blaine Crawford takes a stroll down memory lane.

Blaine Crawford, No. 44, Forward

The 2016-17 Senior Class: Blaine Crawford

Today, we look back at Blaine Crawford’s career at the University of Chicago…

Crawford, a 6-8 forward out of St. Paul, Minnesota, has played in 83 games over the last four years, starting 23 games as a senior. Averaging 7.5 points and 5.4 rebounds a matchup over his career, the big man had a tremendous 2016-17 season: in 28.5 minutes of play, Crawford averaged 15.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest.

This placed him second on the team in scoring, and first in rebounding.

He was named UAA Player of the Week on two separate occasions this year, also having been voted the UChicago Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. And most recently, Crawford was honored with making First Team All-UAA.

The senior posted a season-high 26 points on December 18 at Rhodes University, having also grabbed 9 rebounds. And on December 20, Crawford grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he posted 15 points as well.

In fact, he recorded a double-double on 11 occasions this year.

Crawford’s season field-goal percentage (61.7 percent) is the second-highest in UChicago history, while also leading the UAA in said category and ranking No. 20 in NCAA Division III basketball period. He also comes in No. 8 in free throws in a season (103) and No. 9 in rebounds in a season (229).

In total, the forward finishes his career as a Maroon with a total of 621 points and 446 rebounds.

Upon graduation with a degree in Political Science, Crawford is going to work for Accenture, as a management consulting analyst. He also plans on attending law school, later on down the line.

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Congratulations to Blaine Crawford on a four years to remember, as a University of Chicago Maroon! He will undoubtedly be missed by not just the team, but program as a whole. Only the best of luck to him, on his future endeavors.

Offseason Opportunities: Blaine Crawford

Blaine Crawford,  Summer Project Assistant at Sidley Austin LLP

Crawford, a returning senior, is doing work with a law firm this summer.

“I am working as a Summer Project Assistant at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP.  I chose this particular internship because I was interested in getting experience working in a law firm as well as insight into litigation, establishing connections in the field, and working with legal practitioners first hand.”

How did Crawford get this opportunity? And what is he most excited about?

“I was able to secure this great opportunity through networking. In terms of what I’m looking forward to most, I would say just learning from everyone around me, along with working on projects that I can see the outcomes in (ex. actual court cases). I was interested in getting a close look at the intersection between law, corporations, and politics and I feel that Sidley is one of the best places to do just that.”

Q&A With Blaine Crawford

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Blaine Crawford, #44, Forward6’8, 220, Sophomore, St. Paul (Minnesota)

Q: If you could only listen to one album for the next month, what would it be?

 A: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West.

 Q: What is your favorite sneaker of all time

A: Nike Foamposites.

Q: LeBron James or Kobe Byrant?

 A: Of course…Kobe Bryant.

 Q:What is the best class you’ve taken so far, here at UChicago?

 A: Classics of Social and Political Thought.

Q: If you had to delete every social media account you have, except for one, which one would you keep?

 A: Facebook.

 Q: What character from a television show or movie would you want to be best friends with and why?

 A: Frank Underwood (House of Cards)…better to have him as a friend than an enemy. 

 Q: What do you love most about the game of basketball?

A: Competition and the self expression of different play styles. 

 Q: Who do you play as in NBA2K?

 A: Clippers.

Q: What is your basketball goal for this season?

 A: Win the UAA and beyond.

 Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Hyde Park?

 A: Harold’s.