NHR Top 100: #32 Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal

2 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 32 – Allen Crabbe, SG, Soph., Cal

I always liked it when coaches would lean over to their colleagues in the uncomfortable bleachers at an AAU event and say without hesitation “he’s a pro,” nodding their head in the direction of a kid that they knew was bound for stardom.

I tried that last year while watching Crabbe. “He’s a pro,” I’d say to some of my media row brethren. The uniformed laughed.

I stand by it. Crabbe is a pro. He has the size, the shot, the potential and the team to become an instant star in college basketball. From my vantage point at Matthew Knight Arena, Crabbe was the best player to roll through my point of view last season.

USA Basketball could have used his outside touch this summer on the U19 team. Had he been there, the finish may have had something to do with gold. Crabbe was out due to a concession.

After the season ended, I wrote this about Crabbe:

“You don’t know the name if you live east of the Rocky Mountains. Heck, you probably don’t even know the name if you live east of California but Allen Crabbe is a star in waiting. The Cal Bear sophomore-to-be was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year this season after a stellar college debut. The long-armed wing averaged 16.4 points a game in the 2011 calendar year. He scored over 20 points in four of his last five games of the year. Crabbe is a terrific shooter, incredibly confident and surging at the right time. Don’t be surprised to see him become a hot name on NBA draft boards next year.”

Hey, he’s a pro.

2010-2011 STATS: 13.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2 apg, 44.6% FG, 40% 3PT

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