Dayton star PG Jalen Crutcher to enter NBA Draft

DAYTON — University of Dayton point guard Jalen Crutcher announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he will declare for the NBA Draft. He said that he will forgo his extra year of eligibility and hire an agent ending his college career at UD.

In his four years at Dayton (2017-2021), Crutcher scored 1,593 points, finishing 16th in career scoring. He was fourth in made three-pointers at 242, second all-time in assists at 584 and finished second in total minutes, 4097.

Crutcher’s best season was in 2019-20, scoring 452 points (15.1 points a game), making 87 percent of his free throws (86-99) and 42 percent (72-170) of his three-point shots. Crutcher also dished out 148 assists. Dayton went 29-2, ranked third in the country before the season ended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last year, Crutcher led the Flyers in scoring at 17.6 points a game, assists (4.8), minutes (38.1) and free throw percentage at 76 percent. He was named team MVP for the third time in his career.

Dayton went 14-10 last season, losing to Memphis in the 2021 NIT.

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