July 5, 2011

St. Joseph’s Transfer Joins Eagle Program

Guard Justin Crosgile comes to Jim Hayford’s program with 45 games of NCAA Division I Experience

With 45 games of NCAA Division I men’s basketball experience, Justin Crosgile will transfer from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa., to play at Eastern Washington University, new Eagle head coach Jim Hayford announced Tuesday (July 5).

Crosgile, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound guard, started 19-of-26 games as a freshman for St. Joseph’s in the 2009-10 season, then played 19 as a non-starter last season. Formerly from Paterson, N.J., and a 2009 graduate of DePaul High School, he will sit out the 2011-12 season at Eastern and then have two years of eligibility remaining.

“Justin will bring great experience and talent to our program at the point guard position,” said Hayford. “We are really pleased that he chose to be an Eagle, and our fans can expect great things from Justin in the 2012-13 season.”

Crosgile averaged 5.9 points, 1.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game in his 45-game career at St. Joseph’s. He made 32.8 percent of his field goal attempts (86-262), 30.2 percent of his three-point attempts (48-of-159) and 78.9 percent of his free throws (45-of-57).

He was one of three freshman starters in the 2009-10 season, as the Redhawks finished 11-20 overall and 5-11 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. St. Joseph’s won its final league game to advance to the A-10 Tournament, then won two games to advance to the semifinals.

He started the last 19 games of his freshman season, and averaged 6.7 points, 1.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds for the year. After missing the preseason and the first five games following surgery on a torn left thumb ligament, he scored 12 points and had three assists and two steals in his Hawk debut against Rider. He made his first start at Temple on Jan. 6, 2010, and had a season-best 17 points versus Duquesne.

Crosgile played in 19 games as a sophomore, averaging 4.8 points, 1.1 assists and 2.2 rebounds per outing. He had a career-high 19 points in a win over Holy Cross, as he made a personal-best 5-of-6 shots from three-point range.

He scored 2,010 points in his high school career, surpassing the 2,000-point mark in his final prep game. After averaging 24.5 points per game as a senior, he earned second-team All-State honors from the Star-Ledger (first team for non-public schools). He was also the North Jersey Player of the Year by the Star-Ledger, Herald News and The Record in his final high school season.

Crosgile helped lead DePaul to a 20-8 record his senior season. He averaged over 20 points in each of his last three years in high school and 19.4 points his freshman season. As a sophomore, DePaul finished 23-5 and won the county title.

Coming out of high school, Crosgile was ranked No. 24 in the nation among the class-of-2009 point guards by scout.com. He received offers from St. John's, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Maryland and Houston.

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