First of all I want to apologize as I did not get around to putting up a January Alumni Watch, whether it was the break and or being busy I simply did not get around to it. This is coming a few days early but as it is basketball season and we are heading into February figured I would do an update on an amazing young lady that has been on a journey that took her far from home up in Seattle. She returned home to play at UTA and now finds herself in the SEC being televised across the nation at Ole’ Miss. I sent Crystal couple questions and she what she is up to now.
So the last time you were on the alumni watch, you were in your Junior year of eligibility at UTA and now you are being televised on the SEC network. How did you get to Ole’ Miss? What was that journey like?
“When the decision came about my last year at UTA, I figured that I wanted to play at the highest level of college basketball. I have always dreamed of playing on television and to be able to get that type of national recognition means a lot to me.”
I believe we all have our paths and we are to make them as we so chose, did you ever see yourself playing college basketball in the SEC? Having played now at several schools and as I understand it, having Coach McPhee-Mccuin ask you to follow her it is evident others saw something special in your ability. Did you ever doubt your ability whether in high school or college?
“Honestly, coming out of high school, I did not have very many college offers. Therefore I figured that I would have to settle for going to whatever school offered me a scholarship. I never doubted my abilities to play at this level but I never imagined playing in the SEC.”
Having reached, also from what I understand, the second leading scorer in the NCAA. . . . what advice would you give any high school athlete who is trying to get to the college level and compete at the highest level? Is it anything like high school? Did you understand what back in the day the amount of effort it was going to take?
“The advice that I would give other high school athletes to make it to this level is to keep working and follow your dreams. If you have a passion for something and you love doing it, continue to work at it and do NOT become complacent. Focus on the present and what you can control (which is your effort & attitude). If you stay true to “the grind” (working to get better) it will pay off, as it should. In high school, we just practiced for a couple of hours in preparation for games, in college it is totally different, more weight lifting involved, we watch film on our opponents and on ourselves a lot, and we practice for a time span of 4 hours at times. It can become exhausting but that’s why it is important to take care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally so that your fatigue wont get the best of you. Rehab/treatment, diet, sleep and time management are KEY once a collegiate student-athlete.”
On the Ole’ Miss page, you are listed as a Redshirt Senior, do you have another year left of eligibility or will this season be your last?
“I did not play my sophomore year in college, therefore I had to sit out 10 games beginning my junior year at UTA. I became a redshirt being that I had to sit out for about a year and a month after transitioning from Seattle to UTA. This is my actual senior year at Ole Miss.”
Looking back over your college career, what are some of your best memories and achievements?
“Looking back at my college career some of my best memories were when I was a freshman at Seattle and I hit a buzzer beater in the conference tournament to put us into overtime against New Mexico State. When I was at UTA I hit a game winning buzzer beater against SMU. So far at Ole Miss the last game in 2018 when I hit 9 three pointers and ended with 34 points which was the most I have had my whole career against North Florida. Also recently against Kentucky, I went into halftime with 2 points and came out with a different mindset to get a win and ended with 28 points and it felt amazing to break a losing streak at someone else’s home.”
What is next for you? You have already broken the odds as on average there are 429,500 high school girl basketball players and of those 16,590 get to the college level. Is the WNBA in your sights? What would you do with a Master’s in Health Promotions?
“I am most definitely looking forward to taking my talents to the next level which is the league. With a master’s in health promotions and bachelors in broadcast communication/ psychology I plan on simply helping the youth grow in underdeveloped communities by creating an organization (don’t have exact details, but my plans are along those lines).”
Here is a recent video that was posted that shows Crystal in it:
The Rebels captured their second straight SEC victory with a strong showing over the Florida Gators 76-66. #GRIT #HottyToddy
Here is Crystals roster link for Ole Miss: https://olemisssports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=1716
And here is the rest of there schedule and when you can catch Crystal and her teammates in action:
I want to thank Crystal in taking some time to catch up and see how things are going in Mississippi and what her future plans are. We are all truly proud of you and will be watching/listening the rest of the season. Good luck and we hope you land in the WNBA and if not know you will play a vital role in some community helping underdeveloped communities.
Also would like to thank Brandon Lewis for staying on top of Crystal’s path as well as all his other friends on social media! He has been spotlighted before but were it not for him would I would not have known of Crystals new home. So Thank You Brandon!
I want to start highlighting former Tech Bulldogs who are continuing their athletic careers after high school graduation. If you know of Tech Alumni who are doing great please let me know details at Jason.email@example.com. Crystal Allen was brought to my attention as I recently saw that she put up eighteen points in a recent game playing for UTA.
Crystal was a four year letter winner and also led those teams to play-offs each of those years. Numerous accolades from points in her freshmen year with 657 which was a school record and a career high of 45 points in a game during the 2011-2012 season.
Crystals first stop after graduation landed her in Seattle. She played in 30 games while starting in 16 of those. She was the first freshmen in Seattle U program history to be named WAC Player of the Week … Named to WAC All-Newcomer Team … Selected to 2015-16 Preseason Second Team All-WAC prior to transfer.
After a stay in Seattle she transferred to UTA and hasn’t stopped since. Crystal recently put up eighteen points in a 78-72 UTA victory over Troy.
This season is Crystal’s junior year as far as eligibility is concerned and the remainder of the season is on the road. They make a trip out to Louisiana for games on March 2nd and 4th before they get ready for Sun Belt Championship on March 8th in New Orleans. We will be watching score online and will do better next year to post the schedule at the start of the season. Best wishes the rest of this year to you Crystal and your teammates.