UIC Men's Basketball Adds UCF Transfer Josh Crittle
CHICAGO - UIC head men's basketball coach Howard Mooreannounced the addition of former UCF and Oregon center Josh Crittle, who transferred to UIC to complete his college basketball eligibility and attend graduate school. Crittle, a 6-foot-9 center that is a native of Bellwood, Ill., will have one season of eligibility remaining, beginning in the upcoming 2012-13 campaign.
Crittle has been accepted into UIC's graduate school, and will pursue a Master's of Education in Instructional Leadership. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UCF this past summer.
"We're excited to welcome Josh to our team this season," said head coach Howard Moore. "As soon as we learned of Josh's desire to return to Chicago, we made the proper arrangements to make contact with him. He made it very clear about his desire to be successful this coming season and beyond college. Our staff felt it was a no-brainer and a mutually good fit. His experience and leadership is going to help our young post players as they continue to adjust to Division I basketball."
Crittle played in all 31 games for the Golden Knights last season, garnering 25 starts. He averaged 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 45 percent (.441) from the field and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. Prior to transferring to UCF, Crittle appeared in 51 games over two seasons (2008-09/2009-10) at Oregon, making five career starts and averaging 2.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest.
Crittle attended Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago. As a senior, he was rated as the 29th-best center in the nation by ESPN.com and the 30th-best post player in the country by Scout.com.