Former Cal Bears forward Allen Crabbe now has a home in the NBA.
Crabbe was selected with the first pick of the second round (31st overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers for two second round picks.
“Wherever I go, I’m going to develop myself as a player the best way I can,” Crabbe told ESPN.
He averaged 18.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in his junior year for the Bears, and ranks 10th in school history with 1,537 career points in 98 games.
“It has been a dream of mine to play at the next level for a long time and I feel deep down in my heart this is the right decision,” said Crabbe, when he declared for the draft in April. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cal and learned a lot from my coaches and teammates. I will miss a lot of people at this University both in basketball and in school. I will always be a Golden Bear at heart.”
Crabbe was projected to be selected in the late first round, so his stock dropped quite a bit and it may result in a lower paycheck. There is a pretty substantial difference between a first round pick and a second round pick when it comes to the player’s salary.
He did admit to being nervous, telling the San Jose Mercury News, “It’s not like college — you can’t choose a team you want to go to.”
Well, he’s been chosen by Portland. Best of luck to Allen Crabbe, a former star player with the Cal Bears.