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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


April 11, 2012

Bearcats announce signing of Conner Crooker

MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State Bearcat men’s basketball team announced the first of its 2013 class with the addition of Conner Crooker an all-state guard from Blue Valley North High School in Kansas.

Crooker will come to Northwest on the heels of a third place finish as the Kansas 6A State Championships leading Blue Valley North to a 21-4 record. The guard averaged 15 points per game and three assists during his senior season. He was among the top players in the Kansas City area appearing in the Missouri vs. Kansas All-Star Game.

“We are very excited about having a player of Conner’s caliber join our program,” third-year head coach Ben McCollum said. “He will help continue the success at Northwest.  Conner is a very versatile basketball player. He can shoot the three, handle the basketball, finish around the basket and is tough enough to defend in our league. Conner comes from a great family and a tremendous HS program at Blue Valley North coached by Ryan Phifer.”

He was named First Team All-Eastern Kansas League (EKL) and Second Team All-State, where he was joined by University of Kentucky signee, Willie Cauley. Crooker also earned Second Team All-Metro accolades after shooting 86 percent from the free throw line and over 55 percent from behind the three-point line.

The Bearcats are coming off an MIAA Championship and a 22-7 season under McCollum as Northwest returned to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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