It is time to really start looking early at the class of 2026, and one player that already has the attention of so many early on is 2026 6’8 forward TJ Crumble from Lutheran East high school.  He has been running with All Ohio this summer on the EYBL Circuit, and really showing more of his development and overall skillset at a high level.  Which is why he has already racked up double-digit offers and counting  Phenom Hoops spoke to Crumble to learn more about how everything has been going, more about his game, and embracing the early success as a player.

Phenom: How has everything been going for you? What has the summer been like so far?
Crumble: It has been going really well for me and I feel like the game continues to come easier for me. I can tell I’m getting better in every facet of the game.

Phenom: What have been some of the biggest differences that you have noticed playing on the big stage?
Crumble: There are a lot of players my age that are also big and skilled, so I make sure I work on the little things that take your game to the next level to differentiate myself from others.

Phenom: What were you wanting to show more about your game early on? And what areas are you still looking to improve on?
Crumble: I wanted to show my ability to shoot and move at my size, and be able to make the right plays. I’m looking to improve more on my perimeter defense though.

Phenom: How would you best describe your game?
Crumble: I’m an all-around player that likes making the best plays and put my team in the best position to win.

Phenom: Though young, how have you embraced your recruitment and getting early attention?
Crumble: I’m just grateful that colleges believe in me as a player and a person, and I believe that I can help their programs.  I’m very grateful but I don’t let any of it get to me because I know have to keep working to reach my ultimate goal.

Phenom: What offers do you currently hold early on?
Crumble: Jackson State, Missouri, Ken State, Ohio University, Ole Miss, LSU, Virginia Tech, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Illinois, Cincinnati, Arizona State, and Texas A&M.

Phenom: I know your recruitment has just started, but any dream schools that you have had?
Crumble: I’ve never had a dream school, I’m just looking for a school that can make me the best player and person I can be.