Basketball: Crabbe named Pac-12 Player of Year

Junior guard Allen Crabbe was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year on Monday, the third Cal player in four seasons to collect the award.
Crabbe, who averages a conference-best 18.6 points, is the seventh Cal player dating back to Jason Kidd in 1994 to earn the honor.
Other Cal players to win the award were Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Ed Gray (1997), Sean Lampley (2001), Jerome Randle (2010) and Jorge Gutierrez (2012).
“I am really happy for Allen,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “He is been a mainstay in our program and has improved each year. Allen has been a guy that has been under constant pressure to carry the load offensively and has done a very good job for us. This is a reward for a lot of hard work and I think well-justified.”
Oregon’s Dana Altman was voted coach of the year and UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad and Arizona State’s Jahii Carson shared freshman of the year honors.
Stanford’s Dwight Powell was named most improved player and Colorado’s Andre Roberson was voted best defender.
The awards are based on a vote of the league’s 12 coaches.
Crabbe earned first-team all-conference honors for the second straight season. Justin Cobbs was chosen to the second team.
The remainder of the 10-man first unit: Carson, Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie, UCLA’s Larry Drew II, Arizona’s Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons, Powell and Oregon’s E.J. Singler.
Joining Cobbs on the second team: UCLA’s Kyle Anderson, Arizona State’s Carrick Felix, Washington State’s Brock Motum and Washington’s C.J. Wilcox.

Jeff Faraudo

  • 1brsfan

    I would take Cobbs over Singler in the 1st Team. I don’t think Singler is the best guy on his own team let alone a 1st teamer.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Agreed, as you probably saw on my all-conference picks posted last night. Singler did not have a great year, but he’s probably the best player on the fourth-best team in the league, and coaches love rewarding seniors. So no surprise.

  • Eric

    Congratulations to Crabbe! Now, stay another year, and we can make a deep run into the NCAAs.

  • rollonubears

    Wow! That’s fantastic for Crabbe, and for Cobbes. Makes it even more unlikely that he stays, but I still think he should. Good for him though. I hope he takes this honor and it motivates him even more in the next 2 tournaments.

  • ConcordBear

    Congrats Allen!
    Well deserved in a long line of recent Cal basketball players of the year.
    Awesome honor for him, he deserves it.
    Go Bears!

  • RT

    I still think he’d benefit from staying another year, especially considering the incoming talent Cal has lined up….defenses keyed in on him so much this year and next year with better offensive players surrounding him, the defenses won’t be able to do that….Monty definitely found a gem in Crabbe…..State of California High School Player of the year to Pac-12 Player of the year in 3 years….quite impressive. Go Bears!

  • 1brsfan

    I would love if Crabbe stayed another year but with such a thin NBA draft and negative perception for Seniors (if they were really that good they would have come out sooner) this year would be the best time for him to go.