Going into Thursday, the University of California basketball program had seen 45 players taken in the NBA Draft, and 11 since outgoing commissioner David Stern took over as head of the league in 1984. On Thursday, Golden Bears swing man Allen Crabbe became the 46th player ever taken out of Berkeley, and the first to be recruited by Mike Montgomery to make it to the sport's highest level.
The last player to go from Cal to the NBA was current New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, who left the Bears early, before Montgomery's first season.
Crabbe was taken with the first pick of the second round (31st overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but has reportedly been acquired by the Portland Trail Blazers in a last-minute trade for the pick for two future second-round picks. Crabbe had been projected to go as high as 17th overall to the Atlanta Hawks by NBA TV. Crabbe became the first player picked by soon-to-be NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after longtime commish David Stern finished his duties with the final pick of the first round. As a second-round pick, Crabbe does not have a guaranteed contract.
After coming to Cal as a four-star signee out of Los Angeles (Calif.) Price -- the No. 16 shooting guard in the 2010 class -- Crabbe earned Freshman of the Year honors for the Pac-10 in 2010-11, and was an honorable mention all-conference selection. Crabbe set the school freshman record for three-pointers made (62) and also ranked fifth in school history for freshman in three-point percentage (40%) and third in free throw percentage (81%). He averaged 16.4 ppg in Pac-10 games and in all games, finished third on the team in rebounding at 5.3 rpg.
In the 2011-12 season, Crabbe and the Bears reached the NCAA Tournament, only to suffer though an early exit in the game formerly known as the play-in game against the University of South Florida. That year, Crabbe was named first-team All-Pac-12 and to the second-team NABC All-District IX, thanks to leading the Bears in scoring (15.2 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg), defensive rebounding (4.0 rpg), three-pointers made (83) and free-throw percentage (.843).
As a junior, Crabbe became Cal's second straight Pac-12 Player of the Year, after shooting his way to the conference's regular-season scoring champion this season, posting 607 points -- good for seventh-most in a season in school history. He completed the year ranked third in the Pac-12 in scoring average at 18.4 points per game. Crabbe scored 20 or more points in 28 career games, including 15 times this past season. He led the Bears or tied for the team lead in scoring in 17 contests during the 2012-13 campaign.
Crabbe was among league leaders in three-point field goal percentage (fifth, 1.9), free-throw percentage (eighth, .813), defensive rebounds (10th, 5.1) and overall rebounds (18th, 6.1). His 64 three-point field goals tied for fifth on Cal's single-season list.
Crabbe was named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Sporting News third-team All-American, earning first-team All-Pac-12 as well as NABC and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District honors this past season. The junior was selected as a candidate for the Naismith National Player of the Year award in February.
Crabbe ranks 10th in school history in scoring with 1,537 points in 98 career games. His 15.7 career scoring average ranks 12th all-time at the school. Crabbe is also among the school's all-time leaders in career three-point field goals (third, 209), career free-throw percentage (seventh, .819) and career three-point field goal percentage (T-10th, .382). He was second on the Pac-12's active career three-point field goals list through this past year.
Crabbe was the fourth Pac-12 player to be taken, after Shabbaz Muhammad went to Utah with the 14th overall pick (and was subsequently traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves) after one year at UCLA, and Colorado's Andre Roberson went 26th overall to the same Timberwolves, but was then dealt reportedly to Oklahoma City. Arizona forward Solomon Hill went 23rd overall to the Indiana Pacers.
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