PASADENA, Calif. (July 27, 2017) - Four lauded newcomers are set to join a young Caltech men's basketball team that will feature just four upperclassmen with the team coming off its best consecutive seasons in program history.
Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica)
Matt Riker (Selkirk, N.Y. / Bethlehem Central)
Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clear Brook)
Gokul Srinivasaragavan (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley)
"We are ecstatic about these four incoming student athletes," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. "We foresee all of them bringing competitiveness, character and commitment to Caltech. They come from excellent high school and AAU programs, and have experienced lots of wins. All four will inject our system with love for the game and a strong desire to take our team to new heights."
Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica High School
6-2, Combo Guard
An AP Scholar, California Scholarship Federation Sealbearer and recipient of the California State Seal of Biliteracy, Gee captained his team to the CIF-SS Division 1A championship title.
"Marcus is a pure shooter and legitimate threat from the perimeter," Eslinger said. "His quickness on the ball and willingness to take charges off the ball are great intangibles. With his floor spacing abilities and defensive IQ, he can make an immediate impact. We love that he is a local product from a competitive program."
Selkirk, N.Y. / Bethlehem Central High School
5-9, Point Guard
Among his numerous accolades, Riker led his AAU team, Albany City Rocks, to two Division III national titles and captained his high school to the Class AA Sectional championship title as team MVP and an All-Tournament honoree. He has been named an AP Scholar with Honors, a News Channel 13 Scholar-Athlete finalist and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Co-President of the Data Analysis club and winner of the University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, Riker was also selected to the Outstanding Senior All-Star Game and named to the Suburban Council Third Team. He has worked for a non-profit organization helping to teach how science can be used to improve basketball efficiency.
"Matt is a true point guard, full of toughness and grit," Eslinger said. "He led his high school team, and my alma mater, to unprecedented success. He operates with great work ethic and is a gutsy defender and leader. We've known about him for a long time, and are very excited he will be joining our program."
Houston, Texas / Clear Brook High School
6-6, Wing / Forward
Schneider was a three-year Varsity starter and two-year captain at Clear Brook High School, where he won the Wolverine Heart and Hustle Award twice, Offensive MVP once and was twice named to the All-District Second Team. A National Merit Scholar, National Hispanic Scholar and National AP Scholar, he also served as Event Coordinator for the Key Club.
"Spencer is long and versatile," Eslinger said. "Having played Texas 5A basketball, he is used to playing against the best competition and he presents a dangerous matchup. His ability to stretch the floor and score inside will aid us immediately, and his defensive IQ and disruption defense will be keys in our system."
San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley High School
6-0, Combo Guard
"Gokul is a do-it-all guard," Eslinger said. "When we first saw him, we were startled with his quickness. He can make plays for others, score and defend at a high level. His versatility and love for the game make him a strong source for production. We love that we get to add another California guy to our roster."