Dylan Crane is a young man who has a lot of balls in the air. Literally and figuratively.
While weighing options that include playing professional basketball in China and getting engaged to be married Dylan Crane has returned to his Loudoun County roots to continue and hopefully grow his basketball training company.
Crane, one year out of college, spent 14 years of his childhood living in Ashburn. While his parents have since moved to Houston, he has been back this summer training top-level athletes in Leesburg through the company he formed – 24/7 Basketball.
“I left about five days before Harvey,” Crane said. “I came back from Houston and started training one of the top players in the class of 2020 – Jeremy Roach. He’s had offers from Villanova and USC (Southern California) and several other schools are interested in him.”
After beginning a career in private training with a friend he met while at Pensacola Christian College, Crane started 24/7 while finishing up his business degree studies at PCC.
A four-year player her averaged 12.3 points, six rebounds and three assists per game his senior year. He finished 10th all-time in 3-point shooting for the Eagles and 21st on the school’s all-time scoring list.
While continuing his private training business, with employees in Florida, Maryland and here in Virginia, Crane spent one year as boys’ basketball coach and athletic director at Fresta Valley Christian School outside Warrenton in Fauquier County.
On top of all that, he was named head coach of the Washington Warhawks, a professional basketball team and member of the Premier Basketball League started by a friend, Andrew Farrar, from Highland School in Warrenton.
“That was a tremendous learning experience for me,” Crane said.
After making connections through former NBA great John Lucas, Crane tried to get on with the Houston Rockets, one of their developmental teams or a professional team in Europe. While none of that came to fruition, he does have an opportunity to pursue his basketball interests in China.
“I would be going over there to play and to train,” Crane said. “I have a job over there but the way the Chinese culture works is it’s very slow. It could be tomorrow or it could be one or two months from now. As I’m waiting I am continuing my training business and continuing to grow it.”
Crane got engaged the first week of September and is tentatively planning a wedding sometime in March. Crane said the decision on signing a contract – either in Jiangxi or Shensi, China – would have to involve his fiancée as well.
“It would depend on them getting her a job over there, as well,” he said.
While weighing all of this, Crane is doing what he loves – helping good basketball players get better and quality players reach the top rung. Roach lives in Leesburg and is a sophomore at Paul VI High School in Fairfax. Two of his Paul VI teammates – Will Paige and Josiah Freeman – are also working with Crane in Leesburg. Crane is also working with Stone Bridge junior Evan Buckley.
“My business has grown, by word of mouth and social media, so I am starting to reach some of the top players here in the Virginia area,” Crane said. “I think things are starting to pick up.”
While he is pursuing several paths at the same time, Crane’s planned destination is firm and fixed.
“My goal is to be in the NBA, either as a player or a coach or a player development coach,” he said. “After my career is done at the highest level I can achieve, then I would continue my basketball training and helping kids get to college and get to pro.”
Photos courtesy of 24/7 Basketball