PASADENA, Calif. – Two Caltech men's basketball players were honored for their efforts during SCIAC play during the 2010-2011 season. Todd Cramer earned second-team all-conference honors while Ryan Elmquist was named the Ted Ducey award winner. The yearly awards are voted on by the conference eight head coaches.
Elmquist adds the Ted Ducey award to a string of other accolades he has recently received. The Ted Ducey award is given to a SCIAC senior who best exemplifies the high ideals demonstrated by Coach Ted Ducey. The criteria includes ability, leadership, sportsmanship, determination and academic pursuits.
"I'm so happy for Ryan," third year head coach Oliver Eslinger said. "To play in every game, 100 of them, and go out the way he did and earn the Ted Ducey award is magical."
Earlier this season the native of Woodbury, Minn. garnered CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII first-team honors. He has accumulated 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 end his career as the second leading scorer in school history with 1254 points. In December he became the school's career leader in blocked shots. He also graduates as the school's all-time leader in free throws made.
This season he averaged 15.8 points per game, which was the second best mark in the league, while blocking a conference best 2.0 shots per game.
It is the second time in the last three seasons that a Caltech player was given the annual award. During the 2008-2009 season, Matt Dellatorre received the accolade.
Cramer is the first Caltech player to earn all-conference honors since Bryan Hires earned second-team honors for his efforts during the 2007-2008 season.
"Todd is our engine," Eslinger said. "He makes us go and it's evident, just by his outstanding assist-to-turnover ratio, that he is deserving of the all-conference nod."
The point guard was listed among the conference leaders in five categories. In addition to leading the league in assists (4.9 apg), he ranked 6th in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and 13th in scoring (11.2 ppg). The native of Ambler, Penn., was third in the SCIAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6) while playing the third most minutes (34.9 mpg) of all SCIAC players.
Cramer was the only player in the league to be listed among the top 15 in assists, rebounding and scoring. Furthermore, he was the only freshman to earn all-conference honors.
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