Crawford, Lakers' lone draftee, comes to terms

Updated: August 27, 2008, 5:19 PM ET
Associated Press

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Kirby Lee/US PresswireJoe Crawford ranked fourth in the SEC as a senior at Kentucky with a team-leading 17.9-point average.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Joe Crawford, the Los Angeles Lakers' only selection in the NBA draft last June, signed a contract with the Western Conference champions on Wednesday.

Crawford, the 58th overall pick, averaged 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in four years at Kentucky, where he played in 127 games, 76 of them starts.

The 22-year-old 6-foot-5 guard ranked fourth in the SEC in scoring as a senior with a team-leading 17.9-point average, and then averaged 11.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in six Summer League games for the Lakers last month.

Terms of the deal were not announced.


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