Monday, January 10, 2011

Joe Crawford to Join Randolph Morris in China


The Beijing Ducks are hoping to add former Kentucky star Joe Crawford to their roster as early as this week.

Crawford is expected to arrive in China on Tuesday and will officially sign with the team after a workout in front of team coaches.

Another ex-Wildcat, Randolph Morris, leads Beijing in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. Morris and Crawford were teammates in Lexington.

Here is an excerpt from Niubball.com:

The Ducks, after playing the last six games without an import after Steve Francis left the team on December 27th, have finally decided on former 2008 Los Angeles Lakers draft pick, Joe Crawford, as its second non-Asian import. According to Net Ease Sports, Crawford is likely to arrive in the capital on Tuesday and will officially sign with the team after a workout in front of team coaches.

General manager Yuan Chao acknowledged that the presence of former Kentucky teammate, Randolph Morris, played a significant role in acquiring Crawford, saying “They played and graduated together at Kentucky, so [Crawford] has a fundamental understanding of our team.”

Crawford played in the CBA last year for Jiangsu, joining the team in March just before the post-season as a replacement to the injured Jameel Watkins. In three games, he averaged 20.7 points and 5.7 rebounds, as Jiangsu was swept in the first round by Zhejiang Guangsha.


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