MINONK — Academics was high on Fieldcrest senior Kyle Crowley’s list of priorities when looking for a college.
He found a good a good academic program for him at Illinois College.
Crowley also liked the school’s facilities and basketball program, so he decided to play for Illinois College, an NCAA Division III school located in Jacksonville.
“I thought it was the best fit for me,” said Crowley, who announced his decision to play for the Blueboys on Monday. “Academically, it has what I want to go into - exercise science. That will be a great fit. I love the facilities. I had a big connection with the coaches. All my (future) teammates, those guys are really cool. I think I can play really well with them. Overall, it’s just a great fit for me. I felt comfortable there.”
In his only season at Fieldcrest, Crowley helped the Knights to a 25-6 record, Heart of Illinois Conference regular season and tournament titles and the Class 2A Eureka Regional championship.
The transfer from Pontiac averaged 13.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
“I think Illinois College is getting a fine young man and a great basketball player, and I think it’s going to be a great fit for him and Illinois College,” Fieldcrest coach Matt Winkler said. “Kyle’s work ethic is unparalleled. He’s a very hard worker, a very coachable young man and a great basketball player. He loves to play the game. He loves to be in the gym. You’ll have to kick him out, that’s how much he likes being in the gym.”
Crowley joins a Blueboy program that went 9-14 last season.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Crowley said. “It’s a great place for me. I can’t wait to get down there in the fall.”
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