Dickerson Named Louisville Slugger First Team All-American
June 3, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore outfielder Alex Dickerson has collected his first All-America recognition for the 2010 season, as the Poway, Calif., native was named a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American by College Baseball Newspaper. It marks the second year in a row that Dickerson has received All-America recognition, as the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year was named a Freshman All-American in 2009.
Dickerson's honor represents the fourth All-America honor in the last three years for IU, which had just six All-Americans in school history prior to Tracy Smith's tenure. Dickerson is the fifth Hoosier to earn first team recognition, matching the selection of former teammate Eric Arnett, who was a first teamer in 2009. Josh Phegley garnered All-America laurels in both 2008 (second team) and 2009 (third) under Smith's watch.
The sophomore was joined on the first team by Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Alex Wimmers of Ohio State, as the duo were the only two conference players to take home the honor. Ball State's Kolbrin Vitek (utility) was the only other first team honoree from the region. Dickerson is one of three players who were recognized as Freshman All-Americans last year that are on the first team this year (Virginia's Danny Hultzen and Utah's C.J. Cron are the others).
Dickerson wrapped up his second season in an IU uniform with a .419 average, 99 hits (tied for third all-time), 24 home runs (second), 75 RBI (fifth), 19 doubles (seventh) and an .805 slugging percentage (third). He is currently fifth nationally in home runs and total bases, and is eighth in slugging percentage. He will enter his junior season with 38 longballs, just nine home runs shy of the school record. He also carries a 17-game hitting streak into the 2011 season.
Dickerson is one of 38 players nationally invited to USA Baseball's Collegiate Team Trials. The team will go through a week of trials in July at USA Baseball's facility in Cary, N.C., at which point the team will be cut to a 22-man roster. The final roster will play a month-long schedule against international teams in the United States, Taiwan and Japan, while those who do not make the team will return to their summer teams. He will play for the Cape Cod League's Wareham Gatemen prior to the Team USA trials.
The Poway, Calif., native is also one of three Big Ten players and one of 25 players nationally to be a semifinalist for the 2010 Dick Howser Trophy, the NCBWA announced. Dickerson is joined on the list by fellow conference members Alex Wimmers (Ohio State) and Ben Heath (Penn State). Five different conferences had three semifinalists each.
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