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Anthony Crater, a former standout at Flint Southwestern, made his debut at the University of South Florida in a loss against Syracuse on Sunday. He missed all six of his shot attempts.

As you may remember, Crater transferred from Ohio State because he wasn’t getting enough playing time. In 10 games there, he averaged 13 minutes per game and 1.2 points. (He attempted one shot from inside the 3-point line in 10 games.) His AAU coach said he was on a “one or two” year plan for the NBA at Ohio State, and that Thad Matta’s decision not to start him was certainly having an effect on that timeline. Oh, and that Matta made a promise about starting the freshman.

Here’s the only promise you can count on in the world of big-time college coaching: Coaches will play the best players.


Sophomore guard Anthony Crater made his USF debut after sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules. Crater, who adds tremendous speed at the point guard position, had two assists but was held scoreless in 25 minutes of action. He attempted six shots.

The moral of the story: You’re never as good as you think you are. If you’re not getting the minutes you think you deserve, you probably don’t deserve them. Stay. Get better.

Flint’s Anthony “Noopy” Crater is quickly becoming the poster child for what not to do when you go away to college.

Crater, who prepped at Flint Southwestern, was given a scholarship to Ohio State out of high school. He played a few games before quitting the team for greener pastures — and more playing time — at the University of South Florida.

One month after he arrived in Florida Crater and another teammate were busted with pot in a vehicle. Crater has also been named as a suspect in a robbery and now this:


Amid allegations of impropriety against Stan Heath’s basketball program at The University of South Florida, Flint-area basketball fans will be interested to read this about former Flint Southwestern standout Anthony “Noopy” Crater.

From Fanhouse:

Besides the alleged violations, three current USF players — Dominique Jones, Anthony Crater and Justin Leemow — were the primary suspects in the April 2009 theft of nearly $8,000 worth of items stolen from former players Gaby Belardo and Jesus Verdejo, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office report. The father of one of the victims said he believes that Heath never contacted the police about the burglary to protect the current players. The items have not been recovered and no charges were filed.

Crater prepped at SWA for three years before transferring to New Hampshire for his senior season. He quit Ohio State’s team last season after claiming that Coach Thad Matta promised him the starting job — a claim Matta denies.