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Basketball Recruiting

First Look: 2026 prospect TJ Crumble's recruitment & game

May 29, 2023

Despite being just a freshman, 2026’s TJ Crumble is already being considered one of the best in the country for his class. Likely due to his 6-foot-8, 190-pound frame, his ability to score at multiple levels, and his overall skillset.

We’ve seen the game evolve into shooting, but also seeing these high-level wings at 6’7 and 6’8 thrive and do things all over the court, it’s a big part of what the game is becoming and Crumble is a perfect example of that.

Crumble, even as a freshman, was able to provide major contributions for his Lutheran East (OH) squad which was able to capture a state title this season. He scored in double figures in both the semi-finals and final games. In addition, he’s playing on the EYBL circuit with All-Ohio’s 15U squad and hasn’t disappointed.

He’s averaging over 17 points, 4.5 boards, and is shooting over 60% from the field, and has hit a handful of three-point attempts. Crumble has asserted himself as one of the nation’s top-rated incoming sophomores and will without a doubt be a guy that college coaches add to their radars this summer. caught up with Crumble and he told us who has offered him, who has an interest, and broke down his game.

Which schools have officially offered you?

“Jackson State, Missouri, Kent State, Ohio, Ole Miss, LSU, Virginia Tech, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Illinois, and Cincinnati.”

Are any new schools interested that haven’t offered?

“Michigan, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Indiana.”

How would you describe your Cincinnati offer and your thoughts on them?

“It means a lot to me because I’m from Ohio and I loved my conversation with the coaches and I’m looking forward to visiting them on August 1st.”

How about Illinois, what is it like to earn an offer from them?

“Every offer means a lot to me because it shows that college programs believe in my talent and believe I can help their program. Illinois meant a lot to me because I love the Big Ten.”

How about one of your interests, Indiana, your thoughts on them?

“I like Indiana a lot with their winning culture and atmosphere. They have a great coaching staff with NBA experience.”

How would you best break down your game for someone who doesn’t know?

“I’m a player that can play inside and out and a great spot-up three-point shooter. I’m able to move my feet and I’m a great defender as well. My best trait is being able to rebound and bring the ball up and make the right plays and put my teammates in the best position to succeed.”

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