On Monday, junior guard Allen Crabbe was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year. He also earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors as well.
“To win an award like this, it’s a wonderful feeling, a blessing,” Crabbe said. “The offseason really is a time for you to improve your game, and I wanted to become more of a complete basketball player, somebody who can impact the game on both ends.”
Averaging 18.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals a game, he was the seventh player in school history to win the prestigious award. Past players to win the award include Jason Kidd (1994), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Ed Gray (1997), Sean Lampley (2001), Jerome Randle (2010) and Jorge Gutierrez (2012). Largely thanks to his scoring and all-around performance, Cal has the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas which will begin play on Thursday against the winner of No. 7 USC and No. 10 Utah.
As determined with a vote by the 12 conference coaches, other major Pac-12 awards included Stanford’s Dwight Powell being named the most improved player, Oregon’s Dana Altman winning coach of the year honors, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad and Arizona State’s Jahii Carson sharing the freshmen of the year award, and Colorado’s Andre Roberson earning best defender award.
Cal’s Justin Cobbs also earned an end-of-the-season award, as he received second-team all-conference honors.
Austin Chang is a Writer for Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.
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