PASADENA, Calif. – Senior Ryan Elmquist was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII college level men's basketball first- team on Thursday morning. He is the first men's basketball player in Caltech history to earn the prestigious honor.
The native of Woodbury, Minn., has tallied a 3.5 GPA as a computer science major at Caltech. He also recently accepted a full-time position as a software engineer with Google for after his graduation in June.
On the basketball court, Elmquist recently became the 11th player in Caltech men's basketball history to score 1,000 career points. In December he became the school's career leader in blocked shots. He is currently the conference's fourth best scorer (14.9 ppg) and leading shot blocker (2.0 bpg).
"Ryan embodies the term student-athlete. It's almost unfathomable what he has done just as a student at Caltech; but when you look at everything he has accomplished on the court, it's truly storybook," says third-year head coach Oliver Eslinger. "This is a tremendous honor for Ryan and our institute, and deserved to the fullest."
Elmquist is now eligible to become a Capital One Academic All-American. There are eight voting districts and all first-team members from each district are qualified for eligibility in the nation-wide vote. The Capital One Academic All-American men's basketball team will be announced on Feb. 22.
The award is voted on by all members of CoSIDA's District VIII (College Sports Information Directors of America). The district encompasses all non-NCAA Division I level schools from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Yukon