Cal basketball: Jaylen Brown confident and comfortable with decision to enter NBA draft

Jaylen Brown made the expected announcement Thursday that he is entering the NBA, but the Cal freshman said his ambitions are broad.

“People come here to change the world,” he said of his experience at Cal, “and I’m one of those people.”

Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said Brown, a 6-foot-7 small forward, has the talent to become the No. 1 pick in the June 23 draft. Brown is a consensus top-10 pick in mock drafts.

“His biggest strength is willingness to learn and grow,” Martin said. “I think he has the potential to be one of the 10 best players when it’s all said and done.”

Brown, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, said he did not make his final decision until Thursday morning, just prior to a news conference that was scheduled the day before.

“I really hadn’t decided,” he said. “I new I was going to make an announcement. I had to – the deadline’s coming.”

The only projected lottery pick still facing the Sunday deadline for underclassmen to announce entry into the draft is Brown’s fellow Cal freshman Ivan Rabb, the Oakland native.

One source close to Rabb believes it’s more than 50-50 that he remains at Cal, but Rabb said, “I’m still thinking about it. It’s a big decision – my life. It’s been hard to figure out what I want to do. I’m just being patient with myself.”

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Cal basketball: Jaylen Brown to make Thursday announcement — expected to head to NBA

Cal’s small forward Jaylen Brown will make an announcement Thursday morning about whether he intends to enter the NBA draft, and all signs point to the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year turning pro.

Brown, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound native of suburban Atlanta, is universally projected as a lottery pick, likely a top-10 selection. The website Draftexpress.com has him going No. 4 overall and NBADraft.net envisions him at No. 9.

Sources say Brown has spent recent weeks training in the Los Angeles area.

Sunday  Monday is the deadline for underclassmen to enter the NBA draft. Players who do not sign with an agent have until May 25 to change their minds and return to college.

Fellow Cal freshman Ivan Rabb of Oakland has not made an announcement, but sources indicate the 6-10 power forward may opt to return to school.

The NBA draft will be held June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

A first-team all-Pac-12 selection, Brown is an explosive, physically mature player who attacks the basket and is terrific in the open court.

He averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, and had 27 double-digit scoring games in 33 outings, including six of 20 points or more.

He earned Freshman All-America honors by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association of America.

But Brown was an erratic shooting, converting just 29.4 percent from the 3-point arc and 54.6 percent from the free throw lines. And he slumped late in the season, averaging just 7.8 points and shooting just 10 for 48 over the Bears’ final five games, including a season-low four points in Cal’s NCAA tournament opening-round loss to Hawaii.


Cal basketball: Decision day will follow NCAA tournament for NBA prospect Ivan Rabb

Some time in the next two months, Ivan Rabb will make the biggest decision of his life. Will he leave Cal after his freshman season to enter the NBA and become very rich?

Right now, the 19-year-old from Oakland doesn’t want to think about it.

Front and center this week for Rabb is the NCAA tournament. Cal opens Friday in Spokane, Washington, as a No. 4 seed matched against Hawaii.

“It gives me another chance to help my team, to make a name for myself,” Rabb said.

Tami Rabb can’t stop thinking about the decision that is coming.

“As a mother, all you want is for your child to do well,” she said. “I’m probably more consumed with it than he is because I’m trying to look out for his interests.”

From the outside, the decision can appear to be a no-brainer. Who wouldn’t jump at the money NBA teams pay to top rookies?

The website DraftExpress.com projects Rabb, a 6-foot-11 forward, as the No. 14 pick in the June 23 draft. That would be worth $1,743,500 for his rookie season. If he went No. 10, as NBADraft.net suggests, that salary swells to $2,140,500.

“It’s something I’ve dreamed about growing up,” Rabb conceded. “It can change my life, change my family’s lives.”

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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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