Crane's Conner bound for Florida A&M


Crane senior guard Willie Conner has committed to Florida A&M.

Conner, a 6-5 shooting guard, chose Florida A&M over Rhode Island, Tennessee-Martin and Utah.

“I felt it was a good spot for me,” Conner said. “They’re losing seven seniors. Me coming in as a freshman, I can come in and produce.”

Conner was an ESPNChicago.com all-area selection this season after averaging 21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks for the Cougars.

“Willie has a very high ceiling,” Crane coach Chris Head said. “He’s athletic, strong, has a great mid-range game. He will be a much better college player.”

Conner had only one offer before the season and decided to wait out the process. He was glad he did.

“Me and my family decided to wait and see how the season went,” Conner said. “When the season was over, I had 12 offers on the table. It feels good to have my hard work pay off, but it’s not to the point where I’m going to be content. There’s always room for improvement.”