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Joe Crawford Has A New Dream

Where in the world is Joe Crawford? I don’t know about you but its something I have often wondered. Joe was a beloved Cat who came in as a part of what was probably Tubby’s best recruiting class. While that class never lead us to the promised land Joe played hard every time he was on the floor and finished his career as a Cat with 1438 points. Joe was drafted by the Lakers but never got a chance to play in the NBA, his career went overseas and it’s been a but since anyone has heard the name of Joe Crawford. Until now.’s Fink Densford tracked down the former Kentucky guard to see what he’s been up to. Crawford has been playing all over the world. He’s played all the way from China to Israel where he lead his team in scoring during 2011-2012 season before being hobbled by a knee injury. It was during that time he found his new dream:

A project to raise awareness of the international basketball community that he had grown to love. Crawford said that his time and experiences had inspired him and his family to teach kids about the opportunities that lie outside of the U.S.


Crawford, with the help of his brother Jordan Crawford, who plays for the Boston Celtics, put together the International Hoops Expo. The event will span four days and include both NBA and international players teaching young and old alike about the international basketball community.

“I want to help people prepare, learn about where they’re going and to raise awareness of international sports in general,” Crawford said.

When you’re a kid you grow up wanting to play in the NBA but Crawford want’s to make sure kids know that there are other opportunities to continue your playing career. I think it’s a good message to introduce kids some other avenues they can take to reach their dreams. Crawford stated that he still hopes to play in the NBA one day but if that doesn’t work then spreading the game that has given so much to him will have to do.

Good luck Joe!


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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7 Comments for Joe Crawford Has A New Dream

  1. NotJoeCrawford
    9:16 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Crawford was honestly about 6-2, a step slow, wasn’t long armed, jumped best off of two feet, and at times was a bit too bulky for his own good.

    When he signed, I thought we were getting the next DA. Regardless, I still think highly of Crawford and wish he’d had a better surrounding cast for his last two seasons. Always seemed like a real good guy, even when he came in as a top 10 player in fall of ’04.

  2. Nice Post
    9:27 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Well said #1.

  3. Ramel Bradley
    9:52 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Yes well said #1, but Crawford was definitely taller than 6’2″. Likely not the 6’5″ he was listed as, but let’s not exaggerate. Saw him all the time at CATS when I was at UK. He reminds me of a less athletic James Harden.

  4. SeriousQuestion
    10:30 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Does KSR hire special needs kids from local middle schools to write on the weekend?

  5. Yep
    11:23 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Well said #4 and #5.

    Joe Crawford was way over rated and wouldn’t care about international ball if he’d actually made the NBA. All I remember about his time here, is all that dribbling with his head down. He was the most frustrating player in that class.

  6. mike
    12:52 am April 28, 2013 Permalink

    If i remember i was around 10 when crawford played for UK, and if i remember he had a decent few years as well considering we didnt have the players we do now all we had was ramel bradley him and a few others .

  7. Bledsoe's Biceps
    8:34 am April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Too bad Joe (and others) had to end their UK career under Cluelesspee. Bully went out of his way to try to keep Crawford out of the line up. Even though Joe was clearly the best offensive player on the team. But we saw the clear and early signs that Bully was deranged and all about head games, when he insisted on starting Coury instead.

    I’m sure Joe does still hope to play in the NBA, but that shipped has sailed. I hope he has done well with his international career.