Linfield Wildcats

Dave Craven

Athlete 1985 - 1988

Dave Craven Dave Craven, from the Class of 1988, was a self-described “late bloomer.”

He was cut from his high school’s sophomore basketball team and never reached the varsity at Gresham High School until he was a senior.

Craven flourished at Linfield, becoming one of the school’s best basketball players. He was named to the all-conference team each of his three seasons with the varsity and was selected Northwest Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 1988.

Almost 20 years after wrapping up his playing days, Craven is fourth at Linfield in career points with 1,702. He averaged 21 points in 81 career games and averaged 7.2 rebounds as an undersized post player. During his Linfield years, he grew from 6-foot-4 to a height of 6-7.

Craven honed his game through various summer leagues in Portland, where he played on the same courts with some of the best talent in the city, including members of the Trail Blazers.

He took what he learned and continued to improve. He averaged 23.9 points per game as a senior and tallied a career high of 44 against Oregon Tech in his final game in a Linfield uniform. In an earlier game that season, against Pacific Lutheran, he played a flawless second half and scored 25 points after the intermission. During that game, he made all 19 of his free throw attempts, setting a school record that still stands.

Usually playing against centers who were bigger and stronger, Craven found ways to contribute defensively. His 107 steals rank eighth all-time at Linfield.

After graduating in 1988, Craven spent two seasons playing professionally in Australia.

He lives in Portland and has worked for Macadam Floor and Design for 13 years.