Basketball: Cuonzo Martin says Tyrone Wallace is smart to take his time on NBA draft decision

On the day seven Kentucky underclassmen declared for the NBA draft, Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said junior point guard Tyrone Wallace still hasn’t made a decision about his future.

“I think Tyrone is weighing his options, which is fine,” Martin said. “He’ll assess who’s going in the draft, who’s returning to school. Then he’ll make his decision from there, but he’s still (up) in the air.”

The deadline for early entry into the NBA draft is April 26, and Martin said his first-team all-Pac-12 should take all the time he needs.

“There is no timetable for him,” Martin said.” This is a very important decision. You owe it to a young man to take his time and make the right decision.

“The thing we talked about when the season was over was what’s best for Tyrone Wallace, putting himself in position to be the best he can be and where he sees himself as far as the draft’s concerned, where he’s projected.”

Wallace is not projected to be a first-round pick, but Martin said that won’t necessarily mean Wallace says no to the pros.

“I don’t know if he’s necessarily said, `If I’m not in the first round I won’t go in the draft.’ I don’t think he’s said that,” Martin said.

Martin believes a player taken in the top half of the second round likely has a good future, but called anything later than that a “gray area where you’ve got to be lucky.”


Martin said he has received a large number of inquiries from potential candidates for the coaching staff vacancy left when Jon Harris was hired as head coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Included, he said, are NBA assistant coaches.

Martin said he may not hire a replacement for Harris for a couple weeks, and will be careful to find someone who is a good fit for his staff.


Basketball: How much did slide cost Crabbe?

How much did it cost former Cal star Allen Crabbe when the Warriors passed on him with the No. 30 pick of Thursday’s NBA draft and he dropped to the Portland Trail Blazers with the first pick of the second round?

How about three-quarters of a million dollars over the next two years!

We won’t know for sure until Crabbe signs with the Portland Trail Blazers and makes their roster.

But using last year’s No. 31 pick — Jeffrey Taylor — as a guide, the slide into the second round will be plenty costly to Crabbe.

In 2012, the Warriors had the final pick of the first round and used it to take big man Festus Ezeli, who earned $1,020,960 as a rookie. The Charlotte Bobcats took Taylor with the No. 31 pick — first in the second round — and signed him to a non-guaranteed contract of $575,000.

This season, Ezeli will earn $1,066,920, Taylor $788,872. Again, Ezeli’s money is guaranteed, Taylor’s is not, meaning he could be cut by the team and lose his salary.

Even assuming Taylor plays the full season, the salary difference over two years is $750,952.

The Warriors passed on Crabbe to select Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic with the No. 30 pick on Thursday. Nedovic could remain in Europe for now, but if he signs with the the Warriors, he’s likely to earn $1,056,720 as an NBA rookie. 

Crabbe’s rookie salary? 

Probably more than sufficient for any of us to survive on, but it won’t be as much as Nedovic could earn, and it won’t be guaranteed.


Basketball: Crabbe headed to Trail Blazers

The wait was long Thursday night for Allen Crabbe at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Then it was longer still.

The former Cal star slid out of the first round of the NBA draft before being taken by Cleveland with the first pick of the second round, then traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.

“It was a long night, full of anxiety. I’m glad it’s over with,” Crabbe said on a teleconference with reporters. “It feels good to be going to the Trail Blazers. It’s a young team with a lot of talent.”

The 6-foot-6 shooting guard became the first Cal player drafted since Ryan Anderson went 21st to New Jersey in 2008. But he didn’t know for sure where he’s headed until about 8:45 p.m. — more than four hours after the draft began.

“I had to sit around for a while,” he said.

Projected as a late first-rounder, the Pac-12 Player of the Year was just the fourth player from the league taken, following UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad, Arizona’s Solomon Hill and Colorado’s Andre Roberson, all chosen in the first round.

Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts admitted he knows little about Crabbe, but general manager Neil Olshey was pleased to get a player who averaged 18.4 points as a junior last season and can stretch the floor with 3-point shooting range.

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Basketball: Crabbe seems a likely 1st-rounder

Former Cal star Allen Crabbe apparently will get what he sought from Thursday night’s NBA draft.

“He’ll be a first-rounder,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said.

What happens beyond that,nobody knows, including Crabbe.

“It’s been my dream my entire life to play in the NBA. I’m just worried about getting myself there,” said Crabbe, who will attend the draft at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. “It’s not like college — you can’t choose a team you want to go to.”

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Allen Crabbe could become the first Cal player in five years selected in the first round of the NBA draft:

  • 1960: Darrall Imhoff, 3rd to New York
  • 1971: Phil Chenier, supplemental pick to Baltimore 
  • 1982: Mark McNamara, 22nd to Philadelphia 
  • 1987: Kevin Johnson, 7th to Cleveland 
  • 1994: Jason Kidd, 2nd to Dallas 
  • 1994: Lamond Murray, 7th to L.A. Clippers
  • 1996: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, 3rd to Vancouver 
  • 1997: Ed Gray, 22nd to Atlanta
  • 2008: Ryan Anderson, 21st to New Jersey



Basketball: Crabbe measures up at Chicago

Ex-Cal guard Allen Crabbe, at the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago this week, was measured at 6-foot-5 1/4 in bare feet, 197 pounds. His body fat was measured at just 4.7 percent and his wingspan is an impressive 6-11 1/4.

Compare that to Arizona combo forward Solomon Hill, who was measured at just 6-5 1/2 with a wing span of 6-9.  Crabbe’s wingspan even exceeded that of ex-Colorado forward Andre Roberson, who measured 6-6 1/4 with a 6-11 span.

Shabazz Muhammad, the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year from UCLA, checked in at 6-4 3/4, 222 pounds, with a 6-11 wingspan and 9.0 percent body fat. Another Pac-12 freshman, power forward Grant Jarrett of Arizona, is listed as just 6-8 3/4, although he does boast a 7-2 wingspan. 

Former Arizona State forward Carrick Felix recorded the lowest body fat mark at 3.3 percent.

Figures provided by www.DraftExpress.com.



Basketball: Allen Crabbe’s draft diary

Courtesy of NBA.com, here’s former Cal star Allen Crabbe’s contribution to the “Draft Diaries.”

Crabbe talks about returning to campus for the team banquet, where he named MVP (a surprise, he claims), reflects on his three years in Berkeley and discusses his preparation for the Chicago pre-draft camp and the June 27 NBA draft.

To catch up with Crabbe, click on http://allball.blogs.nba.com/category/draft-diaries/




Basketball: Crabbe on why now — `I’m ready’

For Cal junior Allen Crabbe, the decision to enter the NBA draft came down to one thing:

“I’m ready to make the jump to the NBA — that’s the reason,” Crabbe said.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year said he spent the week of spring break discussing with the issue with his parents, listening to input from agents who have talked to NBA front office personnel, then made his decision.

He said it had nothing to do with the Feb. 17 incident in which Cal coach Mike Montgomery shoved him during a timeout.

“Not at all,” he said. “That really has nothing to do with my decision.”

Cal’s Allen Crabbe said he has no doubts about his decision to enter the NBA draft. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

April 16 is the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from early entry into draft, but Crabbe said he expects to hire an agent by the end of this week, at which point his decision would be irrevocable.

“Me coming back to school is not likely,” Crabbe said.

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Basketball: No surprise — Pac-12 Player of Year Allen Crabbe announces he will enter NBA draft

Cal junior guard Allen Crabbe, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, announced today he will enter the NBA draft.

There was no word in Cal’s news release about whether Crabbe intends to immediately hire an agent. If he holds off on doing so, he could withdraw his name from the draft by April 16.

That doesn’t seem likely. Crabbe’s father said barely a week ago that his son wasn’t likely to put his name in the draft until the April 28 deadline because there would be no flexibility after the withdrawal date.

By submitting his name for the draft now, Crabbe seems in for good.

“It has been a dream of mine to play at the next level for a long time and I feel deep down in my heart this is the right decision,” Crabbe said in a statement. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cal and learned a lot from my coaches and teammates. I will miss a lot of people at this University both in basketball and in school. I will always be a Golden Bear at heart.”

His announcement comes on the same day that Cal’s top 2013-14 incoming freshman, Jabari Bird of Salesian HS, is set to play in the McDonald’s All-America game in Chicago.

Bird plays the same position as Crabbe and will provide the Bears a big-time scoring threat when he arrives next fall.

Aside from Crabbe, Cal is expected to return its other four starters — guards Justin Cobbs and Tyrone Wallace and forwards David Kravish and Richard Solomon. Also returning is junior guard Ricky Kreklow, who was projected as a starter before last season, then missed much of the year with a nagging foot injury.

Crabbe averaged 18.4 points and 6.1 rebounds this season, earning All-Pac-12 first-team honors for the second straight season. He was named to third-team All-America squads by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Sporting News.

He ranks 10th on Cal’s career scoring list with 1,537 points in 98 career games over three seasons.

“Allen is an exceptional player and even greater person,” California coach Mike Montgomery said. “He is very talented with a tremendous work ethic and will represent Cal well at the next level. We are proud of all that Allen has accomplished here at Cal and wish him the best in his professional career.”