Jessica Quashie and Joshua Taylor Honored as 2013 Dave DeBusschere Winners
On April 5th, the New York Knickerbockers recognized high school seniors Jessica Quashie of the High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Josh Taylor of Poughkeepsie High School in Poughkeepsie, NY, as the recipients of the Dave DeBusschere Award for the 2012-13 season. Both students excelled in the classroom, on the basketball court and in the community, and have exemplified the same heroic characteristics that the late Dave DeBusschere carried throughout his life. Both students were honored center court by Dennis and Peter DeBusschere, sons of Dave DeBusschere during the Knicks vs. Bucks match up. Jessica, a well-rounded student athlete, focused her energy on helping others by volunteering for a number of outreach programs and charity walks benefitting AIDS research and breast cancer awareness. In honor of her late father, Jessica participated in the MS Bike Tour with members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. Jessica is the starting guard and co-captain of the girls varsity basketball team and a varsity member of her high school bowling team. Josh epitomizes what it means to be a scholar athlete and has earned the respect of many in his community. Josh ranks in the top of his class with a 96-percent grade point average and is a volunteer for the Poughkeepsie Basketball Project Foundation, taking on the role of mentor and coach for middle school student-athletes. He has taken numerous advanced placement level courses and is a member of the Teen Resource and Activity Center. With his commitment to community and helping other students, his tenacity on the court, and his focus on academics, Josh is prepared to attend college in Pennsylvania this fall. Dave DeBusschere starred at the University of Detroit before enjoying a 12-year career in the NBA. He began his career in his home town of Detroit and played for seven seasons before being traded to the Knicks in December 1968, simply known as “The Trade” as the final piece of the franchise’s first championship team. He helped lead New York to the playoffs in each of his six seasons, including NBA championships in 1970 and 1973. He was named to five NBA All-Star teams (1970-1974) and one All-NBA Second Team (1969). He retired as a Knick in 1974 before returning to the organization as executive vice president and director of basketball operations in 1982 where he presided for four seasons. He received the highest honor as a Knick on Mar. 24, 1981, when his No. 22 jersey was retired to the rafters of MSG. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.