SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Portland Trailblazers shooting guard Allen Crabbe returned home to host a youth basketball camp Aug. 10-12 at his alma mater, Price High School.
The three-day camp provided an opportunity for young boys and girls to learn about the fundamentals of basketball and healthy nutrition from someone who grew up in the same community they live.
Crabbe, who was Price High School’s first graduate to sign with an NBA team, interacted with campers each day during drills and refereed basketball games, provided athletic skills evaluations and signed autographs.
“I have always wanted to come back and do a basketball camp here at Price and be able to interact with kids in the community,” Crabbe said. “When I was little, I had opportunities to go to different camps, and this camp gives them the opportunity to come out, have fun and play basketball.”
All of the camp attendees interviewed seemed to enjoy their camp experience.
“It’s awesome, Allen Crabbe is really nice,” said Deavante Hollingsworth, 12, who is in the seventh grade. “He teaches a lot of kids and talks about how he had to concentrate in school to have a really good grade point average.”
The camp provided useful fundamentals and techniques, some campers said.
“They help you dribble and shoot,” said Serenity Childs, a 10 year old. “I learned if someone is right handed, then you force them to shoot with their left hand.”
Other camp attendees said they found Crabbe’s presence to be a source of inspiration.
“It makes me want to do better than him,” Raymond James Jr., 15, who is about to be a high school junior.
“I see all of his accomplishments and it makes me strive to get to the next level.
Coaches at the camp also said that’s Crabbe’s presence at the camp is significant.
“I think it is very important to have Allen here because it lets the kids know that there are men of God around here doing positive things and being successful playing the game of basketball,” said Anthony Rodman, the lead coach at the camp.
“Seeing a person from the community do something positive … gives kids someone to look up to.”
Crabbe was a Parade All-American and CIF State Player of the Year, while leading Price to its sixth CIF State Championship during his senior season in 2009-10.
He went on to play college basketball at Cal-Berkeley, where he earned accolades such as the Pac 10 Freshman of the Year, first team All Pac 12, Pac 12 scoring champ, and Pac 12 Player of the Year.
He finished his college career as the 10th leading scorer in Cal history with 1,537 points in 98 career games.
After his junior season, Crabbe entered the 2013 NBA draft and was selected with the 31st overall pick by the Portland Trailblazers.
In his first two seasons with the Blazers, Crabbe has seen limited game action only appearing in 66 games and playing an average of 11.9 minutes per game. But the departure of a couple veteran guards from the team is expected to give him an opportunity to have a bigger role and a break out season for the team in 2015-16.