Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX


April 25, 2014

Rio Vista’s Crowe signs with Bethany College

RIO VISTA — Rio Vista senior Tyler Crowe became the first Eagle in recent memory to sign a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at the next level.

Crowe will take the next steps in his basketball journey with Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan. — a NAIA school that competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Crowe was a huge reason why the Eagles made the postseason for the first time in many years as he averaged 20 points per game.

“He’s been a big part of it,” Rio Vista Coach Ryan Cavazos said. “He went up and down his sophomore year between JV and varsity, and he showed sparks then. The last two years, he’s been a big part of what we do. He was a presence outside. We had James [Angeley] inside with the slashing ability and then we had Tyler on the outside and he was always a threat. He’s a big part of why we got where we did.

“[This group of seniors] wanted to leave our mark as we left and hopefully let the younger classes to keep pushing and make playoffs, not only in basketball but all the sports,” Crowe said.

Cavazos, who has been with Rio Vista ISD for four years, said it has been a while since Rio Vista has had anyone sign in basketball. And having Crowe be that first one in many years is fitting.

“It’s good for our program to have kids go on and play after high school,” Cavazos said. “He’s a good representative for Rio Vista — he’s a good kid, good student, good basketball player, good citizen. I’m very proud of him.”

Crowe was the District 10-2A and All-Johnson County offensive MVP this season as he upped his scoring average from 11.5 points per game to a district-leading 20.

“Overall, I’m pretty excited about what I accomplished, because last year I went from averaging about 11.5 [points] and not as many assists,” Crowe said. “And then this year, with Ryan Jimison leaving, I had to play a little bit of point guard, and I wasn’t used to that, but Coach Cavazos helped me out a lot. I worked really hard for what happened.”

Bethany College was attractive to Crowe because it reminded him of the small-town feel of Rio Vista’s community.

“First off, it’s a smaller school just like Rio Vista is,” Crowe said. “I didn’t want to go to a bigger school. I wanted to stay in a small-community type college.”

Along with the tight-knit community feel Bethany College presents, the match made just as much sense from a basketball standpoint.

“He’s a good basketball player, so I can see why they’d be attracted to him with the shooting ability and the leadership ability that he gave our team,” Cavazos said. “For him, the fit was good. Offensively, he liked the scheme they’re running and the facilities — it just seemed like a good fit for him.”

Playing college hoops has been a goal of Crowe’s for four years.

“Ever since about my freshman year is when I decided when I wanted to go play in college,” Crowe said. “It means a lot. I’ve worked really hard and my parents have pushed me. Coach Cavazos has helped me out a lot. My brother was a big part. I got a lot of help from my family.

“I’m most looking forward to the new experience. It’s a different game. They’re a lot faster and I’d like to be challenged and grow more as a basketball player.”

Crowe said he plans to study pre-physical therapy and go from there. He said he’d like to be a high school coach as well.

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