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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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NHR Top 100: #33 Reeves Nelson, PF, UCLA

2 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 33 – Reeves Nelson, PF, Jr., UCLA

Tough guy? Check. Great rebounder? Check. Mismatch? Check. Smack-talker? Check. Will tackle his grandmother for a loose ball? Check.

Sounds like a Big East power forward, right? Check…wait, don’t check that. Nelson, a California kid, is the resident tough guy in the Pac-12 and one of the reasons why the Bruins are being touted as a team to be reckoned with on the West Coast this year. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #36 Jared Cunningham, SG, Oregon State

31 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 36 – Jared Cunningham, SG, Jr., Oregon State

The National Hoops Report is a big fan of the flying Beaver from NorCal, aka Flight Time.

He was a national favorite last year with his amazing put back dunk against Arizona (the best #dunkage of the season if you ask the NHR) and he’s also known for being a defensive dynamo. In fact, he’s one of the top five defenders in America. That’s a fact. Continue reading

Small roster is no laughing matter for Southern Cal

29 Oct

Southern Cal will need Maurice Jones to stay healthy all year. That's no joke. (PHOTO: OC Register)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Kevin O’Neill is a funny guy but the only laughter that he’s letting out these days is in the form of a nervous chuckle.

The Trojans will be a brand new team this year. It was a fire sale, of sorts, around Trojan-land over the last two years and the Galen Center will have new faces running up and down the hardwood. It is never easy to project a team that has no base to judge a team on.

O’Neill doesn’t really have a clue either. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #56 Josh Smith, C, UCLA

13 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 56 – Josh Smith, C, Soph., UCLA

This ranking is based solely on two things: he’s coached by a fine coach in Ben Howland and the natural ability is hard to deny.

What has, and probably always will be, in question are his ever-changing weight issues. He’s bigger than ever before, according to some reports over the summer. Then there are reports saying Smith is down 10 more pounds.

Up and down. Up and down. Up and down. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #65 Trent Lockett, SG, Arizona State

24 Aug

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 65 – Trent Lockett, SG, Jr., Arizona State

Okay, let’s face it. Herb Sendek basketball isn’t very sexy. With that, his players aren’t sexy. Right? That’s the conception.

That conception is wrong. Lockett’s game isn’t sexy but it is like the pretty girl with a great sense of humor, huge heart, contagious laugh and that can quote lines from Swingers with the best of them. Continue reading

#Dunkage: Tony Wroten, Jr.

22 Jul

Washington may be my pick this season in the Pac-12 despite losing a lot from last season’s team. Why? Tony Wroten, Jr. is joining the guard-heavy team. He’s a bad man. The incoming freshman dunked on former Husky Clarence Trent in a summer league. Wroten loves the highlights. He’ll have plenty this season, too.

Percy Allen, one of the premier beat writers in America, talks about the dunk and recaps notes from the summer league in Seattle.

Oregon State hooper Roberto Nelson had an international incident

6 Jul

When in Macedonia, do as the Macedonians, right? Apparently you break backboards and get stitches. Roberto Nelson, a potential star-in-waiting at Oregon State, did just that while on a “Beavers without Borders” trip to Macedonia.

Season highlights: Oregon

8 Jun

Flight time

5 May

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Oregon State basketball lost a player and gained a player all in the course of a night this week.

Jared Cunningham won’t be returning to the Beavers next year. The team’s leading scorer is gone. Replacing him is an alter-ego. Continue reading