PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 5, 2015) – Caltech men's basketball junior Kc Emezie (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge) has been named Second Team All-SCIAC and senior Bryan Joel (Bethesda, Md. / Walt Whitman) has been honored with the Ted Ducey Award.
Emezie led the Beavers with a career-high 13.8 points per game to go with 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks while shooting 49 percent from the field, 38 percent beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line, which ranks third all-time in program history. He becomes the 30th player in program history to be named All-Conference and the first since Michael Edwards in 2012-13.
"Kc had some thrilling stretches and very strong games at both ends of the court, and it's great to see him recognized for it," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. "Still, he knows there are more goals to accomplish and will be the first to say that individual awards aren't important to him. He is all about the team and will work hard on all aspects of his game to become even stronger and more versatile. He has a very high ceiling."
Joel has been an integral piece of the team all four years at Caltech, averaging between 7.0-8.4 points, 1.8-2.8 rebounds and 1.1-1.4 steals per game all four years while ranking third all-time in three-point percentage. The two-year captain has truly embodied the ideal of serving as an extension of the coaching staff on the court and finishes his career with over 800 points, 200 rebounds, 160 three-pointers made, 150 assists and 100 steals. He will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and is looking to pursue a job in sports analytics, where he can continue to pursue his passions for basketball and math.
"Joel's leadership is not quantifiable," Eslinger said. "What he did this year was so significant. From his personal goals to getting the team focused and truly committed, he went above and beyond anything we've ever seen, and these values will continue within the team because of his example."
The 2014-15 Beavers won three conference games for the first time since 1960-61, equaling the program's total SCIAC wins over the previous 43 years. A number of individual marks were set as well, including Hogue joining the 500-rebound club, sophomore Lawrence Lee (Hong Kong / Hong Kong International School) setting new program records for points in an NCAA game (38) and field goals made in a game (14) at George Fox University on Nov. 21. Sophomore Nasser Al-Rayes (Doha, Qatar / American School of Doha) also set new program records for blocks in a season (53) and game (six). Caltech also set team records in rebounds and blocks, while finishing just 16 points shy of the scoring mark. Both Emezie and senior Andrew Hogue (Arroyo Grande, Calif. / Arroyo Grande) were named the SCIAC Athlete of the Week once each, with Emezie named the BennettRank Stud of the Week as well. Junior Rob Anderson (Orono, Minn. / Orono) was also named to the prestigious Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works Team for his commitment to environmental sustainability and other projects, earning him an invitation to the Division I Men's final Four next month.
"We will miss Joel and Hogue – they worked hard together for four years to get the program to this point," Eslinger said. "Hogue has a motor and will that is hard to replace but will be a great model for everyone coming back, and I can't say enough about Joel's leadership. They have set the stage for us to continue on an upward trajectory; what we do from here on out is a credit to what they have built."