March 28, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - California junior guard Allen Crabbe was named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I Third Team All-American, the group announced Thursday morning. The junior, who was an NABC First Team All-District honoree, is one of just 15 student-athletes from around the country to make up the group's three prestigious All-America teams.
Crabbe becomes the fourth NABC All-American in school history and the first since Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Third Team) in 1996. Darrall Imhoff, a standout on the Golden Bears' two Final Four teams in 1959 and 1960, was named an NABC All-American in 1960. Former point guard Jason Kidd also received the honor in 1994.
Crabbe was also named a Third Team All-American by The Sporting News along with First Team All-Pac-12 and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District honors earlier this month. The Golden Bear has been an NABC All-District honoree each of the past two seasons.
The 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year in a vote by the league's coaches, Crabbe was the conference's regular-season scoring champion this season. He scored 607 points, good for seventh-most in a season in school history. He completed his junior season with 1,537 career points. The total ranks 10th all-time at Cal. Crabbe is the Pac-12's active career scoring leader. He completed his junior season with an 18.4 points-per-game average.
The junior also 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 (19th, 6.1). His 64 three-pointers tied for fifth on Cal's single-season list. The junior ranks third on the school's career three-point field goals chart with 209 through his first three seasons in Berkeley. He ranks second on the Pac-12's active career three-point field goals list.
Crabbe guided Cal to a 21-12 overall record and second-place finish in the Pac-12 regular-season standings with a 12-6 mark in league play in 2012-13. The Golden 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.
NABC All-America First Team
Trey Burke, Michigan, 6-0, 190, Sophomore, Guard, Columbus, Ohio
Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-8, 225, Junior, Forward, Ames, Iowa
Otto Porter, Jr., Georgetown, 6-8, 205, Sophomore, Forward, Morley, Mo.
Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 6-5, 214, Junior, Guard, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7-0, 238, Junior, Forward, Kamloops, B.C., Canada
NABC All-America Second Team
Shane Larkin, Miami, 5-11, 176, Sophomore, Guard, Orlando, Fla.
Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6-5, 185, Freshman, Guard, St. Louis, Mo.
Mason Plumlee, Duke, 6-10, 235, Senior, Forward, Warsaw, Ind.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 225, Freshman, Guard, Flower Mound, Texas
Cody Zeller, Indiana, 7-0, 240, Sophomore, Forward, Washington, Ind.
NABC All-America Third Team
Russ Smith, Louisville, 6-0, 165, Junior, Guard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Allen Crabbe, California, 6-6, 210, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Calif.
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6-7, 215, Junior, Forward, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Jeff Withey, Kansas, 7-0, 235, Senior, Center, San Diego, Calif.
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, 6-4, 190, Senior, Guard, St. Cloud, Minn.
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.