Cal hoops star prepares early for new season


Allen Crabbe. Photo courtesy UC-Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. — Since he was 5 years old, California hoops standout Allan Crabbe has been playing the game of basketball. ” The more experience I get the more I’m prepared to compete not only physically, but mentally as well,” he said in a recent interview.   The 20-year-old junior’s rise has been marked by several honors: He was 57th among the nation’s top 150 players, won a high school state championship, earned a full ride to the University of California-Berkeley and been named the Pac-10 ( now the Pac-12) freshman of the year.

Allen’s assiduous mindset has been the reason for his success, and this year he hopes to take his level of hardwork to new heights by not only leading the University of California to the NCAA Tournament, but also possibly getting drafted to the NBA.

Allen’s basketball journey began in Los Angeles at  Price High School, where he started on the varsity basketball team all four years. His senior year, Allen was awarded the 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year, was a Wooden award winner,  Division IV player of the year, the Los Angeles Times player of the year, a Parade All-American and a high school state champion.

Averaging 23.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 2.0 apg, he was offered scholarships from   several  universities, including Oregon State, Nevada, Utah and, of course, California, where he would eventually commit.

“I chose California because the coaches came at me hard. They were really interested in having me play for their program,” he said. His decision to play at Cal made him the second person in his family to play college basketball as his dad, Allen Crabbe Jr., played for Providence College.

Allen was only one of five incoming freshman in the Cal basketball program and took on a load that would pay off. “In between working, school and workouts, I didn’t really have a lot of time,” he said. After having a successful freshman season, Allen was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, an award won by  Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings.  His outstanding performance would carry over to his sophomore season where he scored 30 points against Washington State and averaged 15.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, and 2.1 apg against top talent such as Terrence Ross, Jared Cunnigham and Tony Wroten Jr., all of whom have been recently drafted to the NBA.

It’s now summer break for all college students, and while they’ve been back at home, Crabbe has been taking summer school classes and working out in the gym at 6:30 a.m. “Depending on how far we go this season will determine my stock in the NBA draft,” he said. “I need to work on becoming more of a leader on the floor.”