May 2, 2013
BERKELEY -California All-American guard Allen Crabbe was voted the team's Most Valuable Player as the Golden Bears celebrated the 2012-13 season at their annual awards banquet Thursday, May 2, inside the new University Club at Memorial Stadium.
Crabbe was the recipient of the Most Valuable Player award, named after legendary head coach Nibs Price, following a banner junior season with the Golden Bears. A National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Sporting News Third Team All-American, Crabbe became the third Golden Bear in the last four years to be selected as the Pac-12 Player of the Year by the league's head coaches. The junior was the Pac-12's regular-season scoring champion, finishing third overall with an 18.4 ppg. average. He also ranked among the Pac-12 leaders in three-point field goals per game (fifth, 1.9), free-throw percentage (eighth, .813), defensive rebounds per game (10th, 5.1) and rebounds per game (18th, 6.1), while playing the second-most minutes of anyone in the conference at 36.2 mpg. this past season. He led Cal or tied for the team lead in scoring in 17 games, scoring 20 or more points in 15 contests. Crabbe's team-high 607 points ranked seventh on Cal's single-season scoring list. The first-team All-Pac-12 selection also collected NABC and U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District honors.
Crabbe elected to forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter June's NBA Draft. He completed his decorated three-year Golden Bear career 10th in school history in career scoring (1,537 points in 98 games), third in career three-point field goals (209), seventh in career free-throw percentage (.819), tied for 10th in career three-point field goal percentage (.382) and 12th in career scoring average (15.7).
Sophomore David Kravish was honored as the team's Defensive Player of the Year and was the recipient of the Darrall Imhoff Award as the team's leading rebounder. The forward ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in blocked shots per game (1.7), and 11th in rebounds per contest (6.9) and field-goal percentage (.498). His team-high 56 blocks tied for the second-most in a season in school history. Kravish was selected the Pac-12 All-Academic squad following the season.
For the second year in a row, junior Justin Cobbs was the recipient of the Jason Kidd Award, honoring the Golden Bears' assist leader with 158 this past season. He also took home the team's Free Throw Award after recording a .841 (127-of-151) shooting percentage from the line. A second-team All-Pac-12 selection, Cobbs ranked fourth in the conference in both assists per game (4.8) and free-throw percentage. The guard was also one of the league leaders with a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio (sixth) and a 15.1 ppg. scoring average (10th). In just two seasons with the Golden Bears, Cobbs has collected 324 assists and enters the 2013-14 season as the league's active career leader in the category.
Senior Robert Thurman was honored with the Bears' Field Goal Award for the second-consecutive season. He posted a .589 (76-of-129) percentage from the field this past season. Thurman, Cal's leading scorer off the bench (4.9 ppg.) was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field with six dunks to help guide the Bears to a second-round NCAA Tournament victory over UNLV.
Senior Bak Bak was the recipient of the Pete Newell Coach's Award. Bak competed in 20 games, including all three postseason contests, in his final season in Berkeley, giving the Bears valuable minutes in each contest. He helped guide Cal to victory at No. 7 Arizona with a season-high six points in six minutes off the bench.
Thurman, Bak and Brandon Smith were each honored with the Senior Award. Bak, who will graduate with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, scored more than 170 points and collected more than 150 rebounds in his collegiate career. Smith played in 117 career games during his Cal career, the most of anyone on the roster. He started nearly 50 games, scoring nearly 400 points, despite missing more than a month of his senior season with an injury. One of the Bears' top perimeter players over the last four years, Smith will graduate with a degree in media studies. Thurman played in all 33 games this past season and completed his career with more than 270 points and more than 170 rebounds over his final two years. He will graduate with a degree in American Studies.
Cal completed its winningest five-year stretch in more than 50 years with a 21-12 overall record and a second-place finish in the Pac-12 standings with a 12-6 league mark under the direction of fifth-year head coach Mike Montgomery. The Bears earned their third NCAA Tournament selection in the past four seasons, advancing to the round of 32 where they were eliminated by No. 4 seed and nationally-ranked Syracuse, 66-60.
2012-13 CALIFORNIA MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS
Nibs Price Most Valuable Player - Allen Crabbe
Pete Newell Coach's Award - Bak Bak
Senior Award - Bak Bak, Brandon Smith, Robert Thurman
Defensive Player of the Year - David Kravish
Darrall Imhoff Award | Leading Rebounder - David Kravish
Jason Kidd Award | Assists Leader - Justin Cobbs
Field Goal Percentage Award - Robert Thurman
Free Throw Percentage Award - Justin Cobbs