- 2013-14 Co-Captain
- 2012 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational All-Tournament Team
- Second on NU's single-season list in 3-pointers in a season (83 in 2012-13)
- First in Big Ten in 3-pointers per game in 2012-13 (2.5 per game)
- Eighth in Big Ten in steals per game in 2012-13 (1.4 spg)
- 2011 Second-Team Academic All-Big 12
- 2010 Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll
The lone scholarship senior on NU's roster, Ray Gallegos (pronounced GUY-eh-goes) may have been one of the most improved players in college basketball last year. After averaging 2.9 points per game in his first two years at Nebraska, Gallegos enjoyed a breakout season in 2012-13, averaging 12.5 points per game while leading the Big Ten in 3-pointers and minutes per game. The confidence Gallegos has gained over the last year has helped him become one of the Huskers' leaders, and he was chosen by his teammates as a co-captain in 2013-14. For his final season, Gallegos has worked to expand his game so he can take advantage of his athleticism, which includes a team-best 43-inch vertical lead. He will also benefit from the Huskers' improved depth, as he sat just 26 minutes in 18 Big Ten games last season.
Gallegos emerged as one of the Huskers' go-to performers during the 2012-13 campaign. The 6-foot-2 guard was second at 12.5 ppg while ranking among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (17th), 3-pointers per game (2.5, first), minutes (1st, 37.5 per game) and steals (1.4 spg, eighth) in his first full season as a starter. Gallegos became NU's first Big Ten individual statistical champion as a junior, averaging 2.7 3-pointers per game in conference games and had eight games with at least four 3-pointers. His 83 3-pointers ranked second in school history, trailing only the 89 by Cary Cochran in 2001-02. Gallegos reached double figures 21 times in 2012-13, including six games of at least 20 points, after entering the year with just three double-figure efforts in his first two seasons of competition.
Gallegos closed conference play with two of his highest scoring efforts of the season, totaling 23 points at Illinois on March 2 before adding 22 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers in the regular-season finale at Iowa on March 9. Gallegos, who finished 16th in Big Ten play with 12.6 ppg, reached double figures in 12 of 18 Big Ten contests, including a career-high 30-point effort at Minnesota on Jan. 29. In that game, he hit 6-of-9 from 3-point range and became the first Husker guard to score 30 or more points in a game since Tyronn Lue in 1998. He also had 19 points in a loss at No. 2 Michigan on Jan. 9, one of four straight games in double figures to open Big Ten action. That was one of six times Gallegos led NU in conference play, including each of the Huskers' first three Big Ten contests. Against Northwestern on Jan. 26, he scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers in an 11-2 spurt to put the game away.
Gallegos began his junior campaign with a then-career-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting against Southern, beginning a stretch where he tied or set career bests in scoring three times in NU's first six games. He propelled the Huskers to a win at Wake Forest in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Nov. 27, scoring 17 of his 20 points in the second half on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor. Against USC on Dec. 3, Gallegos tied his career best with 20 points for the second straight game and set a personal best with six 3-pointers. He scored NU's final 11 points of the half, to give the Huskers a 12-point lead. After a three-game slump where he averaged 6.7 ppg, Gallegos regained his shooting touch at the Sun Bowl Invitational, averaging 20.5 ppg, 2.5 apg, and 2.9 rpg in two games to earn a spot on the five-member all-tournament team. Gallegos got off to a quick start in the opening minutes of the tournament opener against Central Michigan on Dec. 22, when he scored 11 of the Huskers' first 16 points and finished with 19 points to help NU to its highest offensive total in nearly three years in an 89-7 win. In the title game against UTEP, Gallegos provided one of the few bright spots, scoring a career-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. He had 17 second-half points as NU trimmed a 20-point halftime deficit to 11 points with 3:09 left.
Gallegos redshirted the 2011-12 season.
Gallegos was a valuable member of the Huskers' rotation, appearing in 25 games as Nebraska advanced to the NIT. He averaged 2.8 points and 1.0 rebound per game while serving as a backup shooting guard. Gallegos earned extensive playing time early in the season, playing at least 12 minutes in 10 of the Huskers' 14 non-conference games. Gallegos helped key the Huskers' 11-game win streak by averaging 5.0 points per game on 40 percent shooting. He enjoyed his best stretch at the close of non-conference play, averaging 10.6 points per game in a three-game stretch, highlighted by a career-high 15-point effort against Grambling. In that effort, he hit a career-best 7-of-10 shots from the floor and added two steals in 22 minutes. That came off the heels of a nine-point effort against Eastern Washington when he played a career-high 27 minutes. He added eight points in a win against North Dakota.
Gallegos struggled with his shooting in Big 12 play, hitting just 5-of-27 shots from the floor in 11 contests. His best offensive effort in Big 12 action came at Kansas State on Feb. 2, when he had five points in 10 minutes off the bench, but his biggest contribution came in the conference opener against Iowa State when he guarded Diante Garrett on the final possession and combined with Lance Jeter on a steal that led to Jeter's game-winning free throw with 0.7 seconds left.
Gallegos was one of the quickest players on the court as a freshman when he played in 30 contests. He averaged 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game while posting a solid 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio from his shooting guard spot.
Gallegos scored in double figures twice on the year, posting a season-best 13 points against Texas-Pan American and 10 points against Creighton in back-to-back contests. He hit 4-of-7 shots from the field, including a season-high three 3-pointers against UTPA, and nailed 4-of-5 field-goal attempts while adding three rebounds against Creighton.
After missing the first two regular-season games with injury, Gallegos' solid work in games and practice helped him earn three starts. He drew starting assignments against Jackson State, Tulsa and BYU, helping NU to a 2-1 mark in those contests. Gallegos was one of a school-record five freshmen to start for NU during the season. He helped set the school single-game mark with three freshmen in the starting lineup against BYU.
During league play, two of his best games came on the road at Missouri and nationally ranked Kansas State. He scored eight points in each contest, including combining for four 3-pointers. Gallegos' performance against KSU was his second consecutive solid game after posting five points on 2-of-4 shooting in 20 minutes at nationally ranked Texas.
Gallegos came to Nebraska after leading his West Jordan High School squad to the Utah 5A (largest class) state championship in 2009. For his efforts, he was also named MVP of the 5A first-team all-state squad.
In the state title game, he played a primary role as the Jaguars forced the reigning state player of the year, Tyler Haws, into one of his worst shooting nights of his career. Gallegos also had four treys - including consecutive 3s in a 64-second span - to help his team earn the gold and earn all-tournament team honors. On the season, Gallegos averaged 16.7 points per game to rank sixth in the state in scoring, as the Jaguars went 21-4. He had nine games with at least 20 points, including a season-best 31 points and added 22 points in the state championship game. Gallegos was second in the state in 3-point field-goals per game, hitting a school-record 66 3-pointers in 2008-09. He had a season-best six 3-pointers against Kearns, and five treys in four other games. He also helped West Jordan High School to the state tournament as a junior, averaging 10.5 points per game over 21 contests.
Gallegos really came on during the 2008 summer AAU circuit when he was playing for the Utah Pump-N-Run White. Gallegos averaged about 25 points per game, according to Coach Brad Blanchfield. Gallegos was rated the No. 53 shooting guard in the country by Scout.com and was tabbed the No. 7 shooting guard on the West Coast following the summer.
Ray, whose given name is Rayes, is the son of Maxine Gallegos and Anthony Nelson and was born on Nov. 15, 1990. Gallegos has one brother, Jonah, and three sisters, Jessica, Sherrie and Amber. Gallegos' legal guardian is basketball coach Brad Blanchfield. Gallegos, who is an ethnic studies major on pace to graduate this May, was the first Husker basketball signee from the state of Utah since Jaron Boone (Salt Lake City, Skyline High School), who went on to become one of the top 10 all-time scorers at Nebraska.