Basketball: Don’t expect NBA decision from Crabbe soon; rules encourage waiting ’til deadline

Allen Crabbe’s father said Monday that the Cal basketball star is unlikely to make any decision about his future until just before the April 28 deadline for underclassmen to enter the NBA draft.

“Probably not going to happen,” Allen Crabbe Jr., said. “It’s really a disadvantage with the way they set it up now.”

Crabbe, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, will receive an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on or before April 15. But rules implemented by the NCAA in May 2011 make it impossible for players to work out for professional teams before actually entering the draft.

Players who declare for the draft now face an April 16 NCAA deadline with withdraw their name or lose their ability to return to college. That greatly limits their options.

“Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as testing the waters anymore,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “Most of the teams aren’t going to make their ultimate decision until they get the chance to work you out. And you have to put your name in the draft to be able to have a chance for that.”

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Cal’s Allen Crabbe, celebrating the Bears’ 64-61 win against UNLV in the NCAA tournament, likely won’t announce his NBA plans for a while. 
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  • Juancho

    I wish kids didnt have to declare. Instead they were just drafted and then decided whether to go or not. A la the baseball draft.

    I wish all college sports had the three year minimum policy. And after three years kids were eligible but didnt have to accept going pro.

    And kids would get an additional signing bonus if they finished their degree. Like an extra 10% of their salary.

  • rob bear

    Could not disagree with you more. If you are one of the best in the world, you should be free to work or attempt to work at what the market price is willing to give you. Best of luck if he goes. I hope he stays, for I think his senior year could be a special one that would put him in the pantheon of Golden Bears and allow him to hone his skills that in my humble view are still lacking in a few areas.

    Learn from Jorge, Crabbe. It’s not as easy as it looks.

  • Crawford

    I’d love to have Crabbe stay, but honestly what more does he have to prove? He’s already won a league title, freshman of the year, and player of the year. There’s nothing more for him to prove as a individual player. If he wants to get a degree( I don’t know his academic situation) he’s probably only a year away from that, which he can always come back and get.

    And don’t tell me with him coming back there going to be a top 10 team. The only thing he has left to prove is a national title, with upsets in the tourney, injuries, act Cal winning a national is slim to none.

    As the famous Chicago White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson says, “He Goneeeeeeee!”

  • rob bear

    I think Cal won the 2009 – 2010 Pac 10 Men’s Basketball title. Crabbe along with Solomon arrived in 2010 – 2011 and both played as true freshmen, I believe. But aside from that, he does not have much to prove as you state. What he needs to do is IMprove on parts of his gam, namely man defense and his mid-range office. Colorado, Syracuse and a few others exposed his weaknesses and returning for a senior year will hopefully give him the forum to work on those needed skills at the next level.

    If not, as stated above, I wish him the best in the NBA and anyone and everyone who thinks they are good enough to go directly to that place of employment if their services are being called. The NCAA is a joke that Tarkanian and others have repeatedly pointed out throughout the years. GO BEARS!

  • jabes

    Crabbe is gone. He won’t be drafted to play right away, he will be drafted late first round by a good team looking for future depth because he has natural shooting ability that can’t be coached. The only question is whether his personality can handle riding the bench and being a tackling dummy in practice, and work on his game. That’s worth a late first round pick.

  • covinared

    I have agree with Jabes, despite my selfish motives of having him back another year.

  • Juancho

    If i were him id go pro.

    Had i had a million dollar job offer my junior year at cal i wpuldnt have thought twice. You can always finish school if its important to you. Risking an injury isnt worth it.

  • rollonubears

    I thought if you were a decent prospect, you could get an injury insurance policy, agreeing to pay the premium after you get your bonus, and getting a fat payout if you get hurt and not drafted. Is that not the case?

  • BlakeStreetBear

    I hope Allen goes too, it would be good for him AND for the team (yes, I said it). His whining (not winning) attitude leaves MUCH to be desired. When the going gets tough, the tough get going…but AC…not so much…his syracuse performance was pathetic, yes pathetic. And that was just his athletic performance, his mental performance was even worse. Monty should have “shoved” him again.

    I am usually a positive poster but having coached kids with attitude issues, kids who put THEMSELVES above the team, I am happy to see Crabbe go try and get rich. Whining/beetching/moaning during the game, ain’t nobody got time for that!

    Basketball is a game where ALL 5 players on the court MUST FORGET about themselves in order for the team to be truly successful. I think AC had his eye on his point total in EVERY game this season…that is no way to play the game.

    So, Adios Allen, you better grow up or the NBA is gonna chew you up and spit you out, then you’ll be working like the rest of us. Thanks for the memories…

  • rollonubears

    I didn’t really see him as a me first kind of guy, but more just lacking mental toughness and confidence in general, which really doesn’t translate well to the nba. I guess he’s the most well-rounded of the others in the pac, but muhammad was a beast, and the guy that looks like borat on oregon was another huge impact guy, every night. Crabbe was hit or miss, quietly getting 20 points a game somehow. He’s a good player, and I hope he has a great career, but I don’t see him getting drafted in the first round, and i think if he came back and got bigger and mentally stronger (like solomon, who WAS a me-first guy for awhile) he’d have a better shot at going top 10, and making a lot more money. If you can’t get an insurance policy though, he should go now while he can. The team will be good next year, regardless, and his being around would create leadership issues unless he assumed that role eagerly, which I just don’t see happening.

  • Esquire Joe

    BlakeStreetBear, I agree with your sentiment about Crabbe, although not in as vehement a fashion. In addition to some of the specific problems with his game that others have mentioned, he very much has a tentativeness about him that he must get over if he’s going to play at the next level.

    If he were to get that feedback from this evaluation committee and decide to come back for one more year to work on his offensive aggressiveness, I would welcome him back to the team. If he doesn’t think it’s a problem or it’s a problem he thinks he won’t fix with another year in college, then I wish him the best in the future.

    Whether or not he ever lived up to our expectations of him, I believe Crabbe gave everything he had for Cal. I really appreciate the years we had him here.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Body language on the court speaks volumes and AC’s was screaming “whoa is me!” about every other game this season. Not cool.

    How many times this year did Cobbs/Solomon/Monty etc have to get up in his face and tell him to relax, that the team needed him to get over his latest perceived slight to his ego?

    His performance against syracuse really left a bad impression for me. There is no whining in basketball, get over it and move on, there is ALWAYS a next play coming and with that a chance to redeem yourself.

    And why was he standing out of bounds at the end of the game? Can you imagine Jason Kidd doing that at a crucial juncture? No way, AC is a headcase, nobody can deny that, a talented one but a headcase none the less. And getting in his head early in games was the MO of EVERY team the Bears faced this year. Opponents love a headcase. I know I do when I’m playing ball, some people can’t keep their eyes on the prize: winning.

    I wish AC the best, and enjoyed him a ton as Jorge and Harper’s auxiliary. But as the main man he left a lot to be desired as far as attitude goes.

    Sorry for the negativity, but once again, there is no room for whining in basketball and AC has yet to really learn that despite playing the game for prolly 18 years now…moving on…

    Go Bears!

  • BlueNGold

    Crabbe should stay because he could benefit from another year. But if he goes, I won’t be torn up about it. He should take a lesson from Jerome Randall–stay and get your degree. If you are good enough to make it to the NBA you will after you graduate. If you are not, its not going to make anything worse than it already is.

  • drizzlyboy

    I have been under the impression that Crabbe’s plan all along was to play three years and then go pro. Obviously, that could have changed in either direction depending on how his game developed, but having led the conference in scoring and winning POY this season he has little reason to stay, IMO. Yes, I agree he may not be NBA ready yet, but that probably reflects my bias. The only reason I think he’d stay would be if he thought his draft stock was late-first round or worse. At the end of the first round rookies are making a little under $1 million. Is it reasonable to think he could earn a lottery spot? IDK, but those guys are making $2-4 million to start. If he thinks he stands to make a significant jump in the draft by staying for his senior year then he should consider it. Otherwise, I can’t see anyone in his position staying.