Shelley Duncan Named to <i>The Sporting News </i> All-American Team
June 14, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz.- Outfielder Shelley Duncan was named to his third postseason All-American team, Wednesday afternoon. The junior from Tucson was tabbed first-team All-America by The Sporting News. The 62nd overall pick in last week's Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft has already garnered Collegiate Baseball and Baseball Weekly All-America honors for the 2001 season.
The Sporting News honor is the first for a Wildcat since 1998 when Erik Mattern was tabbed third-team. UA's last first-team selections to The Sporting News All-America team were George Arias and Robbie Moen in 1993. Duncan is just the 13th Arizona player to be recognized by the publication since 1965.
Arizona's home run leader in nearly ever category, Duncan hit 24 home runs in 56 games while driving in 78 runs in 2001. He led the Pac-10 in homers, RBIs and slugging percentage (.702). He did not commit a single error in 112 chances in the right field, while leading the Arizona outfielders with seven assists.
THE SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAMPOSITION PLAYER YEAR SCHOOL C Casey Myers Sr. Arizona St.1B Dan Johnson Sr. Nebraska2B Michael Woods Jr. Southern3B Jake Gautreau Jr. TulaneSS Chris Burke Jr. TennesseeOF John-Ford Griffin Jr. Florida St.OF Shelley Duncan Jr. Arizona OF Ryan Brunner Sr. Northern IowaDH Matt Hopper So. NebraskaU John VanBenschoten Jr. Kent St.SP Mark Prior Jr. Southern CaliforniaSP Dewon Brazelton Jr. Middle Tennessee St.SP Justin Pope Jr. Central FloridaSP Aaron Heilman Sr. Notre DameSP Noah Lowry Jr. PepperdineSP Kirk Saarloos Sr. Cal State FullertonRP Lee Gronkiewicz Sr. South Carolina