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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