WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011
Walker II named NCBWA preseason first team All-America
JU baseball junior first baseman Adam Brett Walker II got his first honor of the season after earning 2012 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason first team All-America accolades.
Walker II, who secured five all-America honors in 2011, is the first Dolphin to earn the preseason honors since Chad Olivia was named to the third team entering the 2002 season.
“I am happy that Adam got this honor,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “He had a great season last year which is still fresh on many peoples’ minds. We expect more of the same from him this year.”
As a sophomore, Walker II led the A-Sun with a .409 batting average, 99 hits and 23 doubles in helping the Dolphins reach the NCAA regionals for the fourth time in the last six seasons. He also paced the squad with 13 home runs, 75 RBI, 165 total bases and a .685 slugging percentage. His hits and total bases totals each broke single-season records for the program.
Walker II batted .446 with 16 doubles, six home runs and 42 RBI in conference play to take home the A-Sun Player of the Year and first team all-conference honors. Walker II also received A-Sun all-tournament honors after pacing the Dolphins with a .429 average (6-14) with a home run and two RBI.
For his efforts, Walker II was named first team All-America from Perfect Game USA and second team All-America from CollegeBaseballInsider.com, Baseball America, Louisville Slugger (Collegiate Baseball), the NCBWA and the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Walker II also was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (NCBWA) and Golden Spikes Award (USA Baseball). He was earned ABCA All-south region honors with Dan Gulbransen and named District III Player of the Year by NCBWA to round out the list.
Entering 2012, the Wisconsin native is tied for seventh in home runs at 29 in the career books with Pete Clifford (2003-07) and Rich Katz (1971-74). In other categories, Walker II needs eight doubles, 50 total bases and 60 hits to crack the top 10 all-time, respectively.
Prior to the season, Walker II earned a spot on the A-Sun preseason all-conference team as an outfielder. He was also voted one of the top three “Biggest Power Threats” by A-Sun coaches in the CollegeBaseballInsider.com A-Sun preview.
The Dolphins are off until January when they start practice to get ready for the 2012 season opener at Southern California on Feb. 17.