While reading the news of the Warriors draft pick just now, the thought of this being a bad omen for Cal Basketball crossed my mind. I mean, lots of people have tabbed Allen Crabbe as a young version of Klay Thompson. They have similar height, physical builds, and pure shooting motions that often hit nothing but net from deep.
Thompson expanded his offensive tool belt this past season at Washington State by showing off an ability to drive the lane to score, rather than just hit outside jumpers as he did his first season, as Crabbe did for Cal in his freshman season.
But, there are things that Thompson lacks, it's been said, to be a top NBA draft pick: primarily, overall strength and defense. Banish the thought! Thompson was picked ELEVENTH!
Could Thompson's lottery draft status impact Crabbe's decision to stick around? How will Thompson's local presence and success, or lack thereof, affect Crabbe's thinking in April of 2012, or even 2013? I mean, selfishly, we don't want Crabbe to be thinking about the NBA until 2014, right?!?!!! She we quietly be rooting against any Thompson-Warriors success the next 2 seasons?
And what exactly must Coach Montgomery be thinking about this all as it relates to his recruiting picture. Lose Crabbe and you gotta have someone to fill. Should we secretly be glad that Alex Rossi had to (injury) redshirt his freshman season? Should we be thinking about Crabbe replacing recruits already, even though he still has 3 years of eligibility left?
Alas, for basketball junkies like me, November can't arrive soon enough!