Nov. 2, 2011
BERKELEY – Heading into the 2011-12 basketball season, the Golden Bears have added four new freshman faces to a team that will look very familiar, having lost only one senior – center Markhuri Sanders-Frison – from last year’s squad. This week, Brandon Singer of CalBears.com caught up with freshman David Kravish to get to know him a little better through The Freshman 15.
Kravish, a 6’9” forward from Lee’s Summit, Mo., was named to the 2010-11 Missouri All-State and led Lee’s Summit North High School to a second-place league finish. He averaged 13 points, 9.1 rebounds, and two blocks per game, his senior season and was selected to the All-Missouri All-Star Game. In addition to his basketball skills, Kravish is an excellent student; he graduated with a 4.1 GPA and was on the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years. His post-basketball career aspirations include going to medical school and becoming a pediatrician. In his Cal debut, against UC San Diego, on Nov. 1, Kravish pulled down eight rebounds and had five blocked shots in 16 minutes of play.
1) What is your favorite NBA team?
The Chicago Bulls. I was born near Chicago and all my family lives there, so I am a fan of all the Chicago teams.
2) Who is your favorite NBA player?
I like Dennis Rodman, a lot, not because he was a little crazy, but I liked how he just got after it. He wasn’t about scoring, but just played his heart out, every single play.
3) What is your favorite movie or TV show?
My favorite TV show is Modern Family. It’s just hilarious and I have never seen an episode that wasn’t funny.
4) What is your favorite food?
In Berkeley, it is between Steve’s Korean Barbeque and Mandarin House. Anything at either of those places is amazing. At home, just anything my mom cooks.
5) What is your favorite thing so far about Berkeley?
I like how everyone on the team is really close. Everybody is usually together and the team chemistry is really nice.
6) What is your favorite subject or what do you want to major in?
I am going to major in integrative biology, but I really like history too.
7) What music is playing on your iPod?
Country music. My favorite artist is Kenny Chesney.
8) What is the best meal that you can cook?
I can follow a recipe. The best is probably Mac n’ Cheese; not out of the box, but real homemade Mac n’ Cheese.
9) What is one thing you could not live without?
My faith. There is no point in living without it.
10) What is the biggest adjustment from high school to college, so far?
For school, it is just so much more on you to do everything because you are in control of your own life. For basketball, everyone is bigger, stronger, and faster, so it is just a transition.
11) Who inspires you or is your hero?
Definitely my parents. They both work so hard; especially my mom, [who] does so much and works so hard in everything that she does. I really look up to her and her work ethic.
12) What was your first job?
I umpired little league baseball during the summers of my freshman and sophomore years in high school.
13) What was your first car?
I got to drive my parents’ Toyota Camry and had to bend my knees up to fit in there.
14) What is the best prank you have pulled or have had pulled on you?
My friend and I changed the phone number of this girl in my friend’s phone to a different number and we were texting him pretending to be the girl so that was pretty good.
15) What is your favorite made shot that you remember?
Last summer, it was around midnight, and my dad and I were just messing around. We were in the middle of the street just throwing up hook shots and my dad said he would give me 20 bucks if I made the next one. I just threw it up and it went straight in and did not even hit the rim. We just stood out there shooting from the middle of the street, all night.