Steven Crowl is going to be given a world of opportunity next season. Don’t let his wiry frame fool you, the kid is incredibly talented. He will need continued physical development to hang with some of the Big Ten’s best down low, but he is an ideal fit in Gard’s system.
Offensively, big Steve is everything you could want. He is able to shoot the three, nice touch around the rim, decent footwork, and an exceptional passer out of the post. Wisconsin basketball is at their best when they play inside-out, something Crowl is going to be able to help facilitate.
Defensively I think Crowl is going to take some lumps along the way. He’s learned from some accomplished Seniors ahead of him, but he just doesn’t have the size yet. That’s not uncommon for a Wisconsin big man. Most big men need more time to mature physically and when they do their defensive potential is unlocked. As long as he can defend ball screens and contest shots he’s going to do a lot of learning on the job.
I think Crowl has a very bright future for the Wisconsin basketball program and has a higher ceiling than most realize. Steven Crowl is going to log some big minutes in 2021-2022.