June 6, 2001 |
Jon Crispin is going from tiny Pitman to the most famous men's basketball program in the country. Crispin, 20, confirmed yesterday that he has decided to attend UCLA. The Pitman High graduate received his release to transfer from Penn State in mid-April. Under NCAA guidelines, the 6-foot-2 sophomore guard will have to sit out next season. He will then have two years of eligibility remaining. "Sitting out is a good thing for me," Crispin said. "It will give me a year to work on things and prove myself before I have to go to work.
March 12, 1998 |
Highland Park figured out how to keep Jon Crispin quiet, but that only caused Ron Myers to make more noise. Myers had 31 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals last night to lead the Pitman boy's basketball team to a 65-62 win over Highland Park in the state Group 1 semifinals at Nottingham High. "Personally, I think that's a fair evening," Pitman coach Craig Harper said of Myers' effort. "As is usually the case when teams concentrate on Crispin, Myers steps it up. " Myers, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, scored 15 points in the first half and 16 in the second once Highland Park put a box-and-one on Crispin.
August 20, 1998 |
Penn State's basketball team could have foundered after fifth-year senior point guard Dan Earl went down with a major knee injury last December. But freshman point guard Joe Crispin from Pitman (N.J.) High wouldn't let it happen. The Nittany Lions, with the 5-11 Crispin running the show, made it to the final game of the National Invitation Tournament. Earl will be back for a sixth year this winter. Crispin will be back for his second year. And, next year, Jon Crispin, a senior-to-be at Pitman, will join his brother in the Penn State backcourt.
February 28, 2014 |
Brothers Joe and Jon Crispin, who combined to lead Pitman to back-to-back state titles in basketball, head the latest class to enter the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame. The Crispins, who sparked Pitman to Group 1 state championships in 1997 and 1998, will be among 16 inductees at the organization's 34th annual banquet March 25 at Auletto Caterers in Almonesson. The other inductees will include Marilyn Stetser Bennette (Clearview), Mel Carter (Kingsway), Chuck Lamson (Woodbury)
February 13, 2011 |
Jon Crispin played the best game of his high school career with two bum ankles and one sore shoulder. That was no coincidence. The ankles were sprained. The shoulder was aching from the chip that was resting on top of it. "That was a game when we had nothing to lose," Crispin said of the Tournament of Champions quarterfinal in the Dunn Center in Elizabeth on March 19, 1998. Crispin, then a junior at Pitman, poured in 45 points as the Group 1 champion Panthers lost in double overtime to Group 4 champion Rancocas Valley, 90-83.
March 20, 2014 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Pitman is far from the first team to blend a group of athletes from different towns into a cohesive, championship-caliber unit. But the Panthers are probably the first team from their school to do it. What Pitman pulled off this season is typical for non-public teams and also for teams that represent larger public high schools. That's how it works at those programs. Athletes come from different grammar schools and middle schools - and sometimes from different high schools as transfer students - and the trick is to define roles and build chemistry and create a team greater than the sum of its parts.
January 6, 2014 |
There are basketball people who love the sport in the summer. They love the street beat of the outdoor runs. They cherish the hothouse effect of all those camps and clinics and all that AAU competition. But there's something about an overheated gymnasium on a cold winter night - when fans cram into well-worn wooden bleachers and athletes race across shiny hardwood in tracing footsteps that reach back across the generations. Everybody believes his or her gym is special. Everybody is right, too. If it's the home court, there's something friendly and familiar about it. The best thing about gyms is that they come in so many shapes and sizes and they all seem to have their own character.
March 19, 2001 |
The last chant heard yesterday at the Louisiana Superdome: "WE . . . ARE . . . PENN STATE. " It is time that the hoops world recognized that school as a force this season. The Nittany Lions had already beaten defending national champion Michigan State. They had won at Kentucky's Rupp Arena. Yet it still seemed like a shocker when they added their biggest skin yet, dumping North Carolina out of the NCAA tournament, and holding the Tar Heels' all-American guard to a career-low six points.
March 19, 1997 |
For four years, the Pitman Panthers stood on Joe Crispin's shoulders, reaching higher than anyone thought they could. All along, it was assumed that the Panthers would fall, that they would settle into typical Group 1 form. But the Panthers didn't slip. Crispin did. Pitman gave Union, the state Group 4 boys' basketball champion, all it could handle in last night's Tournament of Champions quarterfinal at Elizabeth High. The Panthers were down, 70-68, with 1 minute, 37 seconds left, and everyone, including Crispin, thought their senior sensation would carry them.
March 12, 1997 |
Pitman's Joe Crispin played his last basketball game in South Jersey last night, and South Jersey basketball is poorer for it. But as a parting gift for his devoted fans and the rivals he has converted to fans, he bowed out with a stunning performance that, almost incidentally, gave Pitman the South Jersey Group 1 championship. Crispin scored 56 of the most dramatic points of his career and dished out 11 assists as Pitman beat a determined Bordentown team, 107-97, at Clearview.