PASADENA, Calif. (July 24, 2015) – The Caltech men's basketball team is set to welcome three newcomers for the 2015-16 season. The class consists of:
Steven Brotz (Santa Clarita, Calif. / Canyon)
Brent Cahill (Laguna Beach, Calif. / St. Margaret's)
Andrew Wang (Germantown, Md. / Poolesville)
Santa Clarita, Calif. / Canyon H.S.
A three-year Varsity starter, Brotz helped lead Canyon High School to its best-ever record in his junior season. He was the leader of the Computer Science Club and can solve a Rubik's Cube in mere seconds.
"Steven is a versatile guard who can knock down the three-pointer, has a knack for penetrating the defense and can finish with either hand," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. "He has really impressed us over the years with his attacking abilities and intuition. He hails from a local program we know well in Canyon and has played in a number of systems over the years."
Laguna Beach, Calif. / St. Margaret's Episcopal School
Cahill pulled in numerous accolades over his high school career, including League MVP and First Team All-CIF Southern Section honors. He was a two-time OC Player of the Week, earned OC varsity Scholar Athlete of the Week recognition and went on to play in two OC Senior All-Star games. Cahill has also worked on a state science fair engineering and science project and volunteered for the non-profit advocacy organization Oceana.
"Brent is a high-level athlete and scorer who was one of the top players from Orange County," Eslinger said. "His leaping ability and scoring skills really give him the ability to contribute immediately. He averaged well over 20 points per game during his Varsity career in high school and can put points on the board in a hurry."
Germantown, Md. / Poolesville H.S.
Wang led Poolesville High School to its first-ever back-to-back division championships while captaining his FIRST Robotics Team and participating on the math and computer teams and in the science bowl. He also interned with the National Institutes of Health.
"We've known Andrew for years as his brother, Pan, was part of our first recruiting class and is a Caltech alum," Eslinger said. "Andrew is a terrific athlete and very strong. He brings passion to the court and is excellent at getting into the paint. He can also become a tremendous defender for us."
This trio joins a Beavers squad which returns three starters and its entire frontcourt and bench after the most successful campaign in 54 years. Caltech won three conference games for the first time since 1960-61 while equaling the program's total SCIAC wins over the previous 43 years. A pair of record-holders return in rising juniors Nasser Al-Rayes (Doha, Watar / American School of Doha) and Lawrence Lee (Hong Kong / Hong Kong International School), who broke the single-game blocks and points records, respectively, as the team set single-season records for blocks and rebounds while finishing just 13 points shy of that mark as well. Returning senior Kc Emezie (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge) will have his sights set on the 1,000-point club as well, having compiled 875 over his first 75 career games.
"These three players fulfill needs for us in the backcourt and on the perimeter," Eslinger said. "They are all used to handling the ball and have played with and against several college players throughout their scholastic careers. Our point production and scoring needs are addressed with this class and we'll be able to space the floor more efficiently with their long-range accuracy and penetration skills. With what we have returning, these guys will provide even more balance and competitiveness."