Ray Named to DIII News All-Freshman Team
Bates rookie guard Zak Ray is one of 10 players in the nation to earn a spot on the 2003-04 DIII News Men’s Basketball All-Freshman Team.
Ray ’07 (Bangor, Maine) was a New England Small College Athletic Conference Co-Rookie of the Year after finishing the season ranked fourth in the league in assists and steals, sixth in assist/turnover ratio, and seventh in free throw percentage. His season assist total of 113 is the most by a Bates rookie since Matt LaPointe ’03 recorded 157 in the 1999-2000 season.
Ray also provided perhaps the most memorable moment of the 2003-04 season for Bates, hitting a 30-foot buzzer beater to give Bates a 65-62 win over Tufts on Jan. 24 in Medford, Mass.
The first player off the bench, Ray averaged nearly 27 minutes a game. Prior to coming to Bates, Ray led Bangor High School to a state championship title and earned Mr. Maine Basketball honors.