Cal’s Crabbe talks about Golden Bears

BERKELEY, Calif. — Allen Crabbe, the University of California rising junior and the Bears’ shooting guard said he is looking forward to the coming season.

The 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year acknowledges that the Bears will have to work hard to rebuild this year if they want to go far in the NCAA Tournament. “We lost two seniors from last year but we’re looking for our (incoming) freshman to step up for us this coming season,” he said.

Crabbe averaged a little more than 15 points a game this past season and said that now as an upperclassmen, he will need to step up as a leader more than ever before.

The 6-foot-6 guard out of Los Angeles’ Price High School is no stranger when it comes to being placed in roles of  leadeship as he fueled his school to the  California Interscholastic Federation state championship in 2010. “It was probably my best game,” he said. Crabbe record 22 points and made six rebounds.

Allen Crabbe. Photo courtesy of UC-Berkeley

That year, he was also named the 2010 Gatorade player of the year and the Los Angeles Times player of the year in 2010. He also won the Wooden Award.

Crabbe said his parents continue to inspire him. “They’ve always been there to support me,” he said, adding of his mom, Cheryl Price: “That’s my biggest fan right there.” He said she is still in LA but does her best to make every game — including his away games.

The 20-year-old Los Angeles native was invited to Colorado to play with the U.S.’s under-19 Olympic team, but his experience was cut short when he broke his nose after being struck by a teammate’s elbow during training camp.  “I was just just glad to be invited…it was a great experience,” he said.

Is he considering the NBA: “Well, its every basketball player’s dream to play in the NBA,” he said. But he said his and his team’s performance during the season will help him to take the next steps — whatever they are. “I feel ready to compete this year,” he said.