LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2017) – Caltech men's basketball senior Nasser Al-Rayes (Doha, Qatar / American School of Doha) has been named First Team All-SCIAC.
Al-Rayes becomes the program's first player to earn First Team honors since 1960. The 6-10 big man ends his career as the program's all-time leader in blocks (192) and a member of the 500-rebound club (578). He ranked as high as 16th in the nation in blocks per game as a junior and led the Beavers as a senior in scoring (13.0), rebounding (8.5) and blocks (1.9) while shooting 46 percent from the floor.
He and fellow seniors Ricky Galliani (Menlo Park, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) and David LeBaron (San Diego, Calif. / Francis Parker) became the program's winningest class in SCIAC play this season, recording their 16th career conference victory in their final home game on Senior Night. The 2016-17 team also placed its highest in the SCIAC (fifth) since 1970-71, when only six teams competed in the conference.
As a First Team selection, the mechanical engineering option is now eligible for the D3hoops.com All-Region team, which will be selected two weeks from now.