Feb. 26, 2013
ATLANTA - California junior guard Allen Crabbe was named one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Naismith Men's College Basketball Player of the Year Award presented by AT&T, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Tuesday.
Crabbe, a Pac-12 Player of the Year candidate as well, has led the conference in scoring the entire season and is currently 27th nationally with a 19.0-points-per-game average.
Crabbe also ranks among the Pac-12 leaders in three-point field goals made (T-6th, 2.0) free-throw percentage (7th, .798), defensive rebounds (11th, 4.8) steals (13th, 1.3) and minutes played (2nd, 36.2). His 12 field goals at No. 7 Arizona were the second-most in the league this season and his career-high six steals against USC were the second-most in the conference this year.
A two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week honoree this season, Crabbe has scored 20 points or more 13 times this season and owns a pair of 30-point games. He scored a career-best 33 points in the win against Pepperdine and 31 points to lead Cal to a victory at No. 7 Arizona. Crabbe has led Cal in scoring in 17 of the Bears' 27 games.
He has started all 27 games this season and scored in double figures in all but two contests. Crabbe has recorded 16 or more points in the second half in seven games this season. He also registered a 20-point first half on 8-of-12 shooting and 4-of-4 from 3-point range against CSU Bakersfield.
The junior posted his first double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win against USC earlier this month.
Crabbe is the Pac-12 Conference's active career scoring leader and ranks 10th on Cal's all-time scoring list with 1,442 career points in 92 career games. He is on pace to shatter the school's all-time scoring mark set by Jerome Randle (1,835 points from 2007-10). Crabbe is also the Pac-12's active career leader in three-point field goals made with 198 (tied with Washington's C.J. Wilcox). The total is third-most in school history.
The Naismith National Player of the Year Award will be presented on March 19 in Atlanta, Ga. in conjunction with the Final Four. For a complete list of the top 30 candidates for the award, click here.
Eyeing its second Pac-12 regular-season championship in the last four years, Cal plays its final three regular-season games at home against Utah (Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. PT), Colorado (Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. PT) and Stanford (Wednesday, March 6 at 8 p.m. PT).