LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2019) – Freshman Noah Barnes (Springfield, Va. / Jefferson) of the Caltech men's basketball team has been named as the program's first-ever SCIAC Newcomer of the Year.
Barnes assimiliated himself with the Beavers from the get-go and made for a great fit in Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger's offensive and defensive schemes. The DMV-native finished second in per-game scoring among SCIAC freshmen with 11 points per game. Barnes showed an ability to score all over the court, shooting 40.2-percent from the field and 39.4-percent from deep. The freshman also found other ways to get involved on nights he didn't have his shot, averaging 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game over the 25-game season. Barnes could even make teams pay from the free throw line, shooting 81.6-percent for the second highest percentage on the team among qualified members.
"This is a special honor for Noah and the program," Eslinger said. "Talk about a guy who listens and just tries to do his job every day. He is a tremendous practice player who works diligently in every training session and is one of the best listeners I've ever been around. He is always there in the moment and you can tell by watching him that he's getting better all the time. His production on the court as a scorer, defender and playmaker is directly related to how he approaches each and every day on and off the basketball court."
Barnes and the Beavers close the book on a historic 2018-19 season where they became the first Caltech men's basketball team to reach double-digit wins in 65 years.