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Crawford To Return To Northwestern

Drew Crawford.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Drew Crawford. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(CBS) New Northwestern basketball coach Chris Collins got a slice of good news Friday afternoon when forward Drew Crawford announced that he will remain at Northwestern for his final year of eligibility during the 2013-14 season.

“I can’t wait to be on the court with my Northwestern teammates again this upcoming season,” Crawford said in a statement. “Coach Collins has brought great energy to the program and we all believe in his vision.

“I have loved my experience here at NU and I’m proud to call it home. I’m ready to do all I can to lead this group and make my last year at Northwestern a great one.”

Crawford missed the majority of the 2012-13 season when he tore his right labrum. In 10 games before his injury, he averaged 13.5 points per game.

“We’re all thrilled that Drew has decided to remain here at Northwestern for his fifth year,” Collins said. “It obviously will be a tremendous asset to have him continue to be a part of the program, not only because of his ability on the court but he’s also an outstanding leader. Drew has invested a great deal into the program over the last four years. I look forward to having the opportunity to coach him and having him be a key member of our team.”

During his junior season, Crawford was a consensus third-team All-Big Ten selection. He was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year following the 2009-10 season.