It’s getting close to that time of the year again! The month of March is upon us, and that only means one thing in the world of sport--MARCH MADNESS! In the coming weeks, Bobcat Nation will turn their attention to dozens of alums (players and coaches) who will be partaking in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. University of Washington’s David Crisp is one of those alums we all need to follow. The Tacoma, Washington native and former Brewster Bobcat great will hopefully have a chance to lead his Huskies in March to a run in both the PAC-12 and NCAA Tournament.
Crisp, a four-year starter at Washington, has put together an incredible career in Seattle. As a sophomore, his college career took off as he recorded 25 games where he scored in double digits. In his junior season, he reached the 1,000 point mark and handed out 100 assists. Now in his senior year, Crisp has the Huskies rolling as they are currently 22-5 (13-1 in conference) and have locked up the PAC-12 regular season title. Washington has just a few games remaining in their season before they gear up for the PAC-12 Tournament and hopefully a bid into the NCAA Tourney field.
Prior to attending Washington, Crisp was a highly regarded guard out of Rainier Beach High School (WA) but felt he needed another year to hone his skills both academically and athletically which is why he chose to do a post-graduate year at Brewster for the 2014-2015 school year. Crisp joined arguably one of the best teams New England Prep School basketball has seen in recent years. The 2014-2015 Prep Basketball team went 33-1 and captured both the NEPSAC AAA Title and won the National Prep School Tournament Championship. The 2014-2015 squad featured Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Marcus Derrickson (Golden State Warriors), and Jalen Adams (UConn) to name just a few notable players on that roster. Crisp was their sharpshooting guard who got up and down the floor in a flash and knocked down several big shots for coach Jason Smith that year.
“David was an instrumental member of our 2015 NEPSAC and National Prep Championship team,” noted long-time Brewster head coach, Jason Smith. “He was a pleasure to have in our program and community. He was a terrific perimeter shooter and defender, but more importantly, he was a tremendous teammate. We are so proud of the career he has enjoyed at Washington!”
And tremendous is exactly what Crisp has experienced at the college level which is why he is our Alum of the Month for March. As he prepares for a late season run, Crisp did have time to touch base with Bobcat Nation:
Bobcat Nation: How did Brewster help you prepare for the rigors of life after high school?
Crisp: Brewster helped me to create everyday habits that put me in a position for success in the future. Each day at Brewster you had to be prepared and presentable which is a valuable thing to know. Also, I learned how to live away from home and be independent without having my parents around all the time. Overall, Brewster helped me be better on and off the court!
Bobcat Nation: What are your fondest memories during your PG year at Brewster?
Crisp: Winning the National Prep School Championship with my brothers! That was just so special! And, also I was on the winning team of the 007 water gun fight game at the end of the spring term!
Bobcat Nation: What has been your greatest accomplishment since leaving Brewster?
Crisp: Winning the PAC-12 regular season title this year!
Bobcat Nation: What are your best memories of playing college basketball
Crisp: The greatest memory was when we upset Kansas a few years ago; nobody expected us to take them down! Also, college basketball has allowed me to play in some special places, and worldwide such as the Bahamas, Australia, and China and those were just cool experiences.
Bobcat Nation: What are you looking forward to as your college career comes to an end?
Crisp: I am just really looking forward to playing in the NCAA Tournament in a few weeks. It will be the first time in my four years, and it is going to be an incredible experience!
Bobcat Nation: What advice can you give to our current Brewster students?
Crisp: Cherish every moment you have at Brewster. I know it sounds cliché but time really does fly by so make the most memories you can because that is all you have in the end.
Bobcat Nation: What is your major and plans for the future?
Crisp: I am majoring in American Ethnic Studies, but for now, I plan to play basketball professionally!
Photo credits: UW Athletics