GREENWOOD, Ind. (Feb. 11, 2016) – Caltech men's basketball junior Nasser Al-Rayes (Doha, Qatar / American School of Doha) has been named CoSIDA Academic All-District.
Al-Rayes has been an integral part of Caltech's push for its first postseason berth in program history this season, including the program's best start since 1944-45 and a record-tying six SCIAC wins. The 6-10 center has already broken his own program record for blocks in a season (55), ranks 13th in the nation and leads the SCIAC in blocks per game and is among the leaders in several other statistical categories. A mechanical engineering major, Al-Rayes has also interned as an analyst for Occidental Petroleum and played against professional teams while touring Europe with the Global Sports Academy this past summer.
Al-Rayes is Caltech's first men's basketball recipient of the honor since 2010-11, when Ryan Elmquist became the program's first-ever honoree. This also marks Caltech's 11th all-time Academic All-District honor and third in the past two academic years. Student-athletes must maintain a cumulative, non-rounded 3.30 GPA, have completed at least one calendar year at the nominating institution and reached at least sophomore athletic standing to be eligible for nomination.
"I am extremely proud of Nasser for earning this recognition," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. "This award recognizes exactly the highest level of commitment our student-athletes display in striving for excellence in both academics and athletics."
As a First Team honoree, Al-Rayes now advances to the Academic All-America ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced on March 1.