Allen Crabbe is the seventh Cal player to win the conference’s Player of the Year award in the last 19 years.
CRABBE WINS PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BERKELEY — Allen Crabbe has joined an exclusive Cal club that seems to be growing every March.
The junior guard won Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year on Monday after leading the league in scoring. He is the seventh Cal player and third in the last four years to win the conference’s most prestigious award, joining Jason Kidd (1994), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Ed Gray (1997), Sean Lampley (2001), Jerome Randle (2010) and Jorge Gutierrez (2012).
“You work so hard so to get an award like this, it’s a blessing,” Crabbe said. “I feel like everything happens for a reason. It seems like everything has fallen into place.”
While Cal started off slow this season, Crabbe made sure the program finished strong.
Crabbe averaged 18.6 points and six rebounds per game, propelling the Golden Bears (20-10, 12-6) to seven straight wins and an NCAA Tournament berth. He is 10th on Cal’s career scoring list with 1,489 points.
“I am really happy for Allen,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said in a statement. “He has been a mainstay in our program and has improved each year. Allen has been a guy that has been under constant pressure to carry the load offensively and has done a very good job for us. This is a reward for a lot of hard work and I think well-justified.”
Crabbe led the conference in scoring the entire season. He also ranked fifth in 3-pointers made per game (two), sixth in free-throw percentage (81 percent) and 20th in rebounds (six) per game.
The Los Angeles native scored at least 20 points in 14 games, including two 30-point performances. He had 10 points or more in all but three games. He scored a career-best 33 points in a 79-62 win over Pepperdine on Nov. 13.