Craft leaving Buffalo Grove for elite boarding school, basketball program in Georgia

  • Kam Craft, one of the top boys basketball players in the state, is leaving Buffalo Grove to enroll at Brandon Hall, a boarding school associated with The Skill Factory in Georgia.

    Kam Craft, one of the top boys basketball players in the state, is leaving Buffalo Grove to enroll at Brandon Hall, a boarding school associated with The Skill Factory in Georgia. Daily Herald File Photo

  • Kam Craft

    Kam Craft

 
By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 8/11/2021 4:53 PM

Kam Craft is saying an early goodbye to Buffalo Grove.

Craft, a senior, announced via his Instagram account Wednesday that he would be transferring from Buffalo Grove. Craft is moving on to Brandon Hall, an elite boarding school in Georgia that is associated with The Skill Factory, a developmental basketball program.

 

Craft was coming off a shortened season earlier this year, where he averaged 27.1 points and 7.5 rebounds. This summer, when he played for his club team Meanstreets, he verbally committed to Xavier University after receiving 19 Division-I offers.

"After this spring and summer, I met a lot of new people and made some new connections," Craft said. "I just wanted to put myself out there on the national scene, so it is the best situation for me."

Craft is ranked in the top 100 players in the nation and was considered in the top three in Illinois. It was anticipated that he would return to Buffalo Grove this season and help the Bison contend for the Mid-Suburban East title and other team and individual honors.

Craft would have entered this season with 1,694 career points. He would have had an opportunity to not only become the all-time leading scorer in Buffalo Grove history but he could have also passed the record of Rolling Meadows' Max Christie, who scored 2,100 points, to become the all-time leading scorer in MSL history.

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"It is hard to leave home a year early," Craft said. "I think it will be the best preparation for me to play at Xavier. I just wanted to prepare myself for that and this move will do that."

Buffalo Grove coach Keith Peterson said he was disappointed, but happy for Craft.

"It is a great opportunity for him," Peterson said. "He is going to play a national and international schedule. He is going to go to different countries and see parts of the world that most of us don't get to see."

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