By Brandon Singer
California men’s basketball freshman David Kravish made quite an impact in his first game as a Golden Bear, an 88-53 exhibition win over UC San Diego. Kravish, a 6-9 forward, had a game-high eight rebounds and five blocks in only 16 minutes of play, while showing great energy on the defensive end of the floor.
“Ever since high school, I’ve always been around the ball to get a
block,” Kravish said of his defensive game.
While the Bears lost only one senior from last year’s team, center Markhuri Sanders-Frison was a leader of Cal’s interior defense and the team’s best rebounder. Kravish won’t quite fill the big shoes Sanders-Frison left behind, weighing about 45 pounds less, but his intensity on the defensive end of the floor is identical.
“Obviously, I’m not the biggest guy on the court, but the saying goes ‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but rather the size of the fight in the dog’,” Kravish said with a smile. “I just go out there with the mentality that if I can outwork my opponent, then I’ll contribute in some positive way.”
In high school, Kravish was named to the 2010-11 Missouri all-state team and led Lee’s Summit North High School to a second-place league finish. His senior season, he averaged 13 points, 9.1 rebounds, and two blocks per game and was selected to the All-Missouri All-Star Game.
This season, the Bears expect Kravish to provide depth and quality minutes off the bench backing up senior forward Harper Kamp. Kamp, named to the second-team All-Pac-10 last season when he averaged 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 52.8 percent from the field, has already proven to be a great mentor for Kravish.
“He’s always helping me with anything in practice and giving me advice on how to do things,” Kravish said of Kamp. “I was working on my hook shot and he showed me a new drill that was really good. Now, I do it all the time after almost every practice.”
After hosting UC Irvine and the first two games of the Progressive CBE Classic at home, the Bears will head to Kansas City, Mo. for the Championship Rounds of the tournament and Kravish is excited to be playing in his home stae.
“I think it will be a lot of fun to play near home,” Kravish said. “All my friends and family are going crazy trying to go see me play.”
Tickets for the Championship Rounds of the Progressive CBE Classic at Sprint Center in Kansas City can be purchased by calling 800-745-3000 or at ticketmaster.com.