Knicks Honor Local High School Students With Dave DeBusschere Award

April 09, 2010 11:22 pm EDT
NEW YORK, April 9, 2010 – The New York Knickerbockers will recognize Nicole Brooks (age 15) of Woodlands HS in Hartsdale, NY and DeVaughn Green (age 15), a home schooled student, of Irvington, NJ, as the recipients of the Dave DeBusschere Award for the 2009-10 season. Both students excelled in the classroom, on the basketball court and in the community, and have exemplified the same heroic characteristics that Dave DeBusschere carried throughout his life. At Monday’s game versus the Washington Wizards, Nicole and DeVaughn will be presented with the award by Peter DeBusschere, son of Dave DeBusschere.  

Nicole is currently the co-captain of her high school varsity basketball team. She was chosen to play on varsity as an eighth grader and now excels in the 10th grade as a starting guard. Nicole has a grade point average of 3.76 and is a dedicated student enrolled in all honors classes. She was chosen for the International People to People Ambassador Program, and works in her community as a Girl Scout. Nicole is always willing to give her time for worthy causes.  

DeVaughn was selected to play for the Hoop Heaven basketball team as the starting point guard because of his basketball skills and his ability to be a vocal team leader. DeVaughn has a 3.4 grade point average and serves on the Youth Connection Board for the City of Newark, an organization designed to help bridge the gap between Newark leaders and teenagers. He is also a coach and referee in training for the Network Youth Basketball Association located in Newark, NJ.  

Dave DeBusschere starred at the University of Detroit and enjoyed a 12-year career in the NBA. He started his career in his home town of Detroit and played for seven seasons before being traded to the Knicks in December 1968. He helped lead New York to the playoffs in each of his six seasons, including NBA championships in 1970 and 1973. He made 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.