Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Four years ago, Jae Crowder couldnt land a single college basketball scholarship offer out of high school. Thursday night, he fulfilled his dream of becoming an NBA player. Crowder, the former Marquette University standout and reigning Big East Player of the Year, completed a stunning turnaround when the Dallas Mavericks picked him up in the second round of the NBA draft at No. 34 overall. The Cleveland Cavaliers originally drafted Crowder but sent him to Dallas as part of a four-player trade. Dallas used its lone first-round pick to select 7-foot North Carolina center Tyler Zeller at No. 17 but traded the selection to Cleveland as well as guard Kelenna Azubuike for pick Nos. 24, 33 and 34. The Mavericks acquired Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham (pick No. 24) and Florida State center Bernard James (pick No. 33) in addition to Crowder as part of the deal. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Crowder averaged 17.5 points and a team-best 8.5 rebounds for Marquette last season. He scored in dou...
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