2016’s CRYSTAL DANGERFIELD : “Get to Know Me ” – Monthly Diary

CRYSTAL DANGERFIELD is a 5’6″ Point Guard from Murfreesboro, TN ( Blackman H.S. ) . She plays AAU with NIKE sponsored TN FLIGHT. The recent University of Connecticut pledge is considered one of the Top 5 players in the 2016 class &  #1 Point Guard by ESPNW.  

She led the Blackman Lady Blaze to a 34-1 record and the Class AAA state championship last season. A Class AAA First Team All-State selection & 2014 Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year . Crystal averaged 14.5 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.7 rebounds per game. She tallied 19 points, five rebounds and four assists in the 65-44, title-clinching victory against Ridgeway. The starting point guard for 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team, she has led her Amateur Athletic Union teams to five national championships.

“She is a great player and has the ability to take over when her team needs her to,” said Alan Bush, head coach of rival Siegel H.S. “She really doesn’t have a weakness. She has incredible range with her shooting and can get it off quick. She can score from anywhere. She has tremendous quickness and is a great passer. She is a complete player, probably the best player I’ve seen in 20 years of coaching.”

“I think she has the potential to be the best point guard in her class in the country,” said Kiel Moore, national women’s basketball recruiting analyst for “She can do a little bit of everything on the floor. She has great physical ability and basketball IQ, and that’s pretty rare for her age (15). You usually get one or the other.”

“To be able to lead and win a national championship as a sophomore shows she has great potential, for high school and college and beyond that. What she’s able to do and how she’s able to do it, those are natural gifts.”  

“I think first and foremost it is about the person she is,’’  Chad Hibdon (Blackman H.S. coach ) said. “Obviously, UConn is built on excellence, championship driven and that is her characteristics. Everything Crystal does – academically, athletically … she’s really smart about her social activities as well. But she’s driven to be excellent. She’s driven to win championships as a basketball player. And so that kind of personality … She’s team-first. And she gets a lot of accolades, but that doesn’t drive her. And so with those kind of qualities and things I think it just parallels what UConn stands for and the success they’ve had over the years. And she wants to continue that. We’ve had some success here at Blackman and hopefully some more success as she finishes up her career and then she’s got big dreams and aspirations that I think some of those dreams and aspirations that she has moving on will be fostered well at UConn.’’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Away from the court, Crystal is  just as Impressive, if not more so. She is an outgoing,  Intelligent,  high character, civic minded, well spoken and very sincere young lady. A member of her school’s DECA chapter and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she has volunteered on behalf of her church, as part of a literacy-outreach program and as a youth basketball instructor. Crystal has also raised funds to benefit Alzheimer’s research and has promoted healthy living at nearby elementary schools.  Both of her parents, Davonna & Christopher Dangerfield served in the U.S. Army.  She is a member of the Blackman H.S. Honors program and is on the A/B honor roll . ( 3.8 GPA )

Geno Auriemma is not only getting a dynamic, explosive , very skilled scorer / playmaker and Winner… I have quickly learned that he is also getting an overall Special young lady with Leadership Intangibles who should prove to be a wonderful ambassador for the University and Women’s Basketball.



Hi everyone ! My name is Crystal Dangerfield. I'm a born and raised Tennessee 
girl who grew up around basketball. I was 5 years old when my dad introduced me 
to the game of basketball, and here I am at 16 years old now, and I haven't put 
the ball down since.
     My basketball career took off when I was in middle school. I was starting 
to be recognized as "the special kind of player". When my 8th grade year ended, 
I switched AAU teams from Tennessee Team Pride to Tennessee Flight. I was only 
14 years old and I was moved up to the 17u/18u team to play along side Rebecca 
Greenwell (Duke), Kaela Davis (Georgia Tech), Nina Davis (Baylor) and Alexa 
Middleton (Tennessee). That summer, each of them took me as a little sister and 
showed me how I'd have to play to be able to make it at the next level. 
   After finishing up that summer with a Nike Nationals Championship win, I 
returned home to start my first year of high school. When it comes to school, 
I'm just as competitive with my grades as I am on the court. I currently have a 
3.8 GPA taking honors and advanced honors level classes and I scored a 23 on my 
first attempt on the ACT. I'm also one of the leaders for my FCA (Fellowship of 
Christian Athletes) club at school. 
    Outside of school and FCA, basketball has taken up most of my time. I 
started being heavily recruited during my freshman and sophomore years. Shortly 
after my junior year started, I committed to the University of Connecticut. 
Growing up, they were my dream school and I pushed myself over the years to be a 
better player so I'd have the chance of playing there one day and it paid off. 
In my heart, it made sense for me to commit there. 
    With recruiting, I say that if you know a school is for you, that feeling 
won't change. Every school will pretty much say the same thing but you just have 
to take time and focus in on what you want and take unofficials to see for 
yourself if what they're saying is really true. My decision was right in my mind 
and I'm more than happy to call myself a future Husky. 

Follow CRYSTAL on Twitter : @therealdanger32

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