TRAVERSE CITY — There were plenty of offers on the table from Division 2 and 3 schools.
What Kris Crosby was looking for was a chance to suit up for a Division 1 basketball program.
Crosby, who just completed his three-year career at Traverse City Christian, is getting that opportunity after he accepted a preferred walk-on offer from Oakland.
“It was the main goal,” Crosby said of getting to play at the Division 1 level. “I wanted to play at the top level. If it would’ve been Division 2 I would’ve been OK with it, but as a kid you always want to make it to the top level. It was the dream and I was able to reach it.”
Crosby wasn’t having much success landing a spot on a Division 1 roster, though he was coming off a successful career with the Sabres that included 1,438 points, 837 rebounds, 231 blocks, 214 assists and 100 steals. This season he led Christian in points (23), rebounds (10.7), assists (3.3) and blocks (2.6) per game. He was the Cherryland Conference Most Valuable Player and earned Class D all-state honorable mention from the Associated Press.
Crosby’s fortune changed when Oakland head coach Greg Kampe watched a video of the 6-foot-7 Crosby in action, taken off an e-mail sent to Kampe by Crosby’s dad and head coach, Kris.
“He told us the story that he usually gets about 35 letters or CDs a day of potential people who want to go to school there,” said the elder Crosby. “He said just out of the blue he came into the office at 10 one night. He said, ‘what the heck, I’ll check my email.’ So he did and he saw (Kris’s) highlight film. He said he usually doesn’t ever watch them. But he thought, ‘I’ll just watch it.’ He watched it and went, ‘holy crap, this is exactly the guy I want.’