Cal's Allen Crabbe wins Pac-12 Player of the Year
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- California junior shooting guard Allen Crabbe has been honored as the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring.
The conference also announced Monday that Oregon's Dana Altman has won Coach of the Year. Arizona State's Jahii Carson and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad shared Freshman of the Year honors. Colorado forward Andrew Roberson earned the Defensive Player of the Year award. And Stanford junior forward Dwight Powell took home Most Improved Player of the Year.
Crabbe is the seventh player in school history and third in the last four years to win the league's most prestigious award. He joins Jason Kidd (1994), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Ed Gray (1997), Sean Lampley (2001), Jerome Randle (2010) and Jorge Gutierrez (2012).
Crabbe averaged 18.6 points and six rebounds per game this season, propelling the Golden Bears (20-10, 12-6) to seven straight wins and a likely NCAA tournament berth before losing 83-70 at home to Stanford in the regular-season finale. 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."
The awards are voted on by the conference's coaches. They are not allowed to vote for themselves or their own players.
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.
Crabbe 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.
The Bears earned the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. They begin play Thursday against the winner of seventh-seeded Southern California and No. 10 Utah.
Crabbe also earned First-Team honors along with Carson, Muhammad, Roberson, Powell, Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie, UCLA guard Larry Drew II, Arizona forward Solomon Hill, Arizona guard Mark Lyons and Oregon forward E.J. Singler.
Altman guided Oregon (23-8, 12-6) to a second-place tie with California and Arizona in the league standings after being picked seventh in the preseason media poll. The Ducks have posted three straight 20-win seasons and two consecutive runner-up finishes in Pac-12 play under Altman, who has won Coach of the Year honors in four different conferences.
He also earned coaching honors in the Missouri Valley Conference with Creighton in 2001 and 2002, in the former Big Eight Conference with Kansas State in 1993, and in the Southern Conference with Marshall in 1990. He's the third Oregon coach to earn coach of the year honors, joining Dick Harter (1977) and Ernie Kent (2002).
Altman has a career record of 478-277. He is 68-34 at Oregon.
The third-seeded Ducks will play their first game in the conference tournament Thursday against the winner of No. 6 Washington and No. 11 Washington State.