BERKELEY -- For Cal junior Allen Crabbe, the decision to enter the NBA draft came down to one thing:

"I'm ready to make the jump to the NBA -- that's the reason," Crabbe said.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year said he spent the week of spring break discussing with the issue with his parents, listening to input from agents who have talked to NBA front office personnel, then made his decision.

"I'm really excited," he said. "I don't have any doubts. I'm not a person who is afraid to work hard to get better. I felt this is the best decision for me."

April 16 is the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from early entry into draft, but Crabbe said he expects to hire an agent by the end of this week, at which point his decision would be irrevocable.

"Me coming back to school is not likely," Crabbe said.

A 6-foot-6 shooting guard, Crabbe was told he could expect to be selected in the first round of the June 27 NBA draft or early in the second.

"I'm fine with the news I'm getting back from people," said Crabbe, acknowledging he has not yet received an official evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. "I'll go to these (team) workouts and see if I can improve my stock."

Crabbe averaged 18.4 points and 6.1 rebounds this season, earning All-Pac-12 first-team honors for the second straight season. He also was a third-team All-America pick by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Sporting News.

The Bears finished strong to wind up in a tie for second place in the Pac-12, and played in the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

Through it all, Crabbe was targeted by opposing defenses with double-teaming and physical play.

"It came with the territory -- teams were focusing on taking me out," Crabbe said. "I had to be patient and take the things the defense gave me. I feel like I produced the best way I could for my team this year."

He also was at the center of the season's most controversial moment when coach Mike Montgomery shoved him during a timeout in the second half of a Feb. 17 home game against USC. The Bears were trailing at the time, and Montgomery said he was trying to motivate his star player.

Crabbe scored 23 points as the Bears rallied for a 76-68 victory, but the brief exchange went viral on Twitter and other social media outlets.

Crabbe downplayed it then and said Wednesday the incident did not play into his decision to enter the draft.

"Not at all," he said. "That really has nothing to do with my decision."

Montgomery, who still expects to have four returning starters next season, called Crabbe "an exceptional player ... (who) will represent Cal well at the next level."

Crabbe will leave Cal as the school's No. 10 career scorer with 1,537 points.

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