LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2018) – Senior wing David Kawashima (Studio City, Calif. / North Hollywood) will depart the Caltech men's basketball program with the prestigious SCIAC Ducey Award, as voted on by the conference's coaches. The Ducey is an all-encompassing award reserved for senior players of high-character on and off the court and players who use their free time to give back to the community. Kawashima is the first Caltech player to win the award since K.C. Emezie '16.
"I really appreciate of all the support from the Caltech community throughout my career here, as I simply could not have thrived without my teammates, coaches, or the best fans in the SCIAC," Kawashima said. "I would like to thank everyone who supported me and our team these past four years."
Kawashima finished the 2017-18 season averaging 8.7 points per game, 4.3 rebounds to go with a .540 field goal percentage to lead the team, good for the fifth best all-time. Similarly, the senior's .466 field goal percentage ranks sixth in program history. Kawashima captained the Beavers in his senior season and is a four-year member of the team. He is a reigning NABC Honors Court honoree and 2-time SCIAC all-academic team member who holds a 3.7 cumulative GPA as a computer science major. He interned at Fox Networks and JPL his freshman and sophomore summers, and has a software-engineering job lined up at Tinder upon graduation. He currently serves as a volunteer teacher for 4th and 5th grade students at Jefferson Elementary School in Pasadena.