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Naperville Central senior swingman and Northwestern signee Drew Crawford is scheduled to be part of the Chicago High School Classic, an all-star game that will take place Friday night at Niles North.

Marshall's Darius Smith - Crawford's AAU teammate who just verbally committed to Connecticut - is also expected at the event. Other players to watch that night include Illinois recruits Joe Bertrand (Sterling) and Brandon Paul (Warren).

Danny Crawford's first NBA season was 1985-86, and he will turn 56 in November. Retirement is an open question, and the referee takes it a year at a time now, working about 75 games per season plus the playoffs. That's the standard union contract.

With his son Drew about to leave Naperville Central to play at Northwestern, Danny is trying to make arrangements that will fill his schedule and strike a balance.

"I'm hoping that the NBA's gonna work with me," Danny said. "I know I'm asking a lot but (looking) at the Big Ten schedule, if Northwestern's playing Michigan or Michigan State, give me a game in Detroit."

There's probably a good compromise somewhere in that plan, but Drew's uncle Gene, a Big Ten official, won't have that flexibility. Gene was told he can't work any Northwestern games until Drew leaves Evanston.

Neuqua Valley graduate Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored all of her 15 points in the second half, but it wasn't enough as Purdue fell 67-66 to Ohio State in the Big Ten women's basketball tournament championship in Indianapolis, Ind.

Wisdom-Hylton, who was named to the all-tournament team, missed nearly 14 minutes in the first half after picking up two fouls. Purdue, which lost in the tournament final for the first time in three years, now awaits a possible at-large bid for the upcoming NCAA women's tournament.

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