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Crimmins reputation marks him as good shooter

1/29/09 (Thu)

By ROBIN WARK

Minot State University-Bottineau’s head mens basketball coach Ken Keysor heard lots about Eric Crimmins before he ever saw the McClusky product shoot a basketball. "When I was the boys coach in Kenmare last year, my son Kacy (a Lumberjacks starter) came home and said one of his closest friends was the best shooter he had ever seen," wrote Keysor, who is in his first season leading the ‘Jacks, in an email interview. "Well, when I got this job, a few of the other people on campus were talking about it. It really was great for us to be lucky enough to get him." With his sweet shooting touch, work ethic and attitude, Crimmins, a second-year student, earned a spot on this year’s team as a walk-on after not playing basketball last season. The son of Jim and Nancy Crimmins got his college career off to a great start by making all five of his shots behind the three-point arc for 15 points in his debut. "If we need a three-pointer to be taken, we have the utmost confidence that he will make it. ... When we (first) watched him at open gym it was obvious that he is true shooter," Keysor noted. Crimmins, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard/small forward, has settled into an off the bench role as a shooter. He has played in 17 games and averaged 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds an outing while shooting 33 percent from behind the arc, according to the Mon-Dak Conference statistics. Keysor noted that Crimmins’ minutes vary greatly, but he is always prepared and ready to do what he can.