By Gavin Mackenzie
Ryerson’s men’s basketball team is playing without last season’s top scorer.
Bill Crowdis, a six-foot-seven forward from Etobicoke, didn’t suit up for the Rams’ first three preseason games in the Raptors Cup tournament last week.
The coaching staff says Crowdis left the team to focus on improving his grades. They don’t know whether he’ll be able to return this year.
“If Bill is available, because he has done the things that he needs to do to become available, then great,” head coach Terry Haggerty said. “If he is not available then we will just have to make certain adjustments and the load will have to fall on other players.”
Crowdis couldn’t be reached for comment.
A dominant inside scorer and rebounder with the ability to score from three-point range, Crowdis was the only Ram named to the OUA East division first all-star team last year.
Forward Jan-Michael Nation believes Crowdis is key to Ryerson’s chances at a national championship this season.
“It’s very important for Bill to return because he was a huge part of our team last year,” he said. “He is a great player and a true leader and there isn’t a team in the country that wouldn’t want Bill on their team. I’m keeping positive that he’ll return.”