April 3, 2013
BERKELEY - California men's basketball junior All-American Allen Crabbe has elected to forego his final year of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Golden Bear painted his name throughout the school's record book while leading California to one of the winningest stretches in more than 50 years. Cal placed in the top four in the Pac-12 Conference and reached the postseason in each of Crabbe's three seasons, totaling 63 wins overall. The Bears advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013 and defeated UNLV in the second round earlier this spring.
"It has been a dream of mine to play at the next level for a long time and I feel deep down in my heart this is the right decision," Crabbe said. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cal and learned a lot from my coaches and teammates. I will miss a lot of people at this University both in basketball and in school. I will always be a Golden Bear at heart."
Crabbe, the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year by the league's coaches, completed his career 10th in school history in scoring with 1,537 points in 98 career games. His 15.7 career scoring average ranks 12th all-time at Cal. Crabbe is also among the school's all-time leaders in career three-point field goals (third, 209), career free-throw percentage (seventh, .819) and career three-point field goal percentage (T-10th, .382). He was second on the Pac-12's active career three-point field goals list through this past year.
Crabbe was named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Sporting News third-team All-American, earning first-team All-Pac-12 as well as NABC and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District laurels this past season. The junior was selected as a candidate for the Naismith National Player of the Year award in February.
A three-time All-Pac-12 selection, Crabbe was a first-team all-league pick each of his last two seasons. He was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2011.
"Allen is an exceptional player and even greater person," California head men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery said. "He is very talented with a tremendous work ethic and will represent Cal well at the next level. We are proud of all that Allen has accomplished here at Cal and wish him the best in his professional career."
Crabbe, the conference's regular-season scoring champion this season, posted 607 points, good for seventh-most in a season in school history. He completed the year ranked third in the Pac-12 in scoring average at 18.4 points per game. Crabbe scored 20 or more points in 28 career games, including 15 times this past season. He led the Bears or tied for the team lead in scoring in 17 contests during the 2012-13 campaign. The junior ranked among the league leaders in three-point field goal percentage (fifth, 1.9), free-throw percentage (eighth, .813), defensive rebounds (10th, 5.1) and overall rebounds (18th, 6.1). His 64 three-point field goals tied for fifth on Cal's single-season list. Crabbe has led Cal in scoring overall each of his last two seasons.
Crabbe is the first Golden Bear in Montgomery's first five seasons at Cal to enter the NBA Draft before exhausting his collegiate eligibility. He is the seventh Cal player overall to leave early and the first since Ryan Anderson in 2008, prior to Montgomery's first season in Berkeley. Anderson (2008), Jason Kidd (1994), Lamond Murray (1994), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Jamal Sampson (2002) and Leon Powe (2006) each left Cal early to enter the NBA Draft. Tony Gonzalez, who played both football and basketball for the Bears, also entered the NFL Draft after his junior season.