Basketball still going strong for Crouch
From Staff Reports

May 5, 2004 -- School is almost out for the summer, but basketball is still going strong for Sulphur Springs senior Brandi Crouch.

Crouch, the District 11-4A Offensive MVP and the school's MVP, has been selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association to take part in the prestigious North/South All-Star game on July 8 at Daniel Myer Coliseum at TCU. Included in the three-day festival are practices, honors and an awards luncheon.

SSHS girls head coach Carin Hoffman said Crouch is the first girls players from Sulphur Springs to be invited to play in the state All-Star game.

From there, she will leave immediately to go to one of the bigger tournaments in Texas, the "Whataburger Shootout" in College Station.

Crouch has also been selected to compete next Tuesday in the East Texas All-Star Game at Jacksonville College.

Until then, she continues to play for the Lone Star Magic AAU team in the metroplex. The Magic, with a 20-5 record, play in the League of Champions division on Sundays in April, May and June. The league is for elite teams in Dallas to prepare for the state and national tournaments in July.

Crouch plays basketball year-round, practicing for 2 1/2 hours each Wednesday night at Mesquite High School. The Lone Star Magic consists of girls from Canton, Princeton, Hallsville, Emory, Aledo, Wylie, Rockwall, Coppell and Mesquite Poteet. The team is coached by Marty McLendon of Garland and Bubba Skinner of Princeton, both of whom have been instrumental in Crouch's recruiting process.

The Magic will be sponsoring a 24-team tournament in Princeton on June 25-27, and will participate in not only the Whataburge Shootout on July 8-11, but also the 5-Star Shootout in Wace on July 16-18, the BCI National Tournament in Grapevine on July 23-27, and the Adidas 3rd Coast National Championships in Cedar Hill/Duncanville on July 29-31.

Crouch hasn't made a decision on where she will play college basketball, but she has had interest from West Texas A&M, St. Mary's in San Antonio, Arkansas Tech, Texas State, UT-Pan Am, Barry University in Florida, Northwestern Louisiana, Longworth University in Virginia, A&M-Commerce and UT-Arlington along with the junior college: Blinn, Panola, Redlands, Collin County, Paris, Jacksonville and McLennan.

Despite offers from the Division I and II levels, Crouch is considering going the junior college route to gain playing experience at the collegiate level before transferring to a DI school. UT-Arlington is currently working on a JUCO placement for her, and then she can join the Lady Mavs in two years.

She will also be coaching Sulphur Springs' varsity-level spring/summer team in the Commerce league, starting this week.

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