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DP's All-Academic Team: 2022

By: Jason Kullman - June 20, 2022

baseball-brainDiamond Prospects is excited to, once again, be able to celebrate the All-Academic Team and award one student-athlete as the Tripp Rabon Scholar Athlete of the Year. At DP we spend much of our time chasing physical tools, but as we do each year, we want to honor these young men that take care of business in the classroom too!Thank you to each high school coach and guidance counselor that nominated players with a premium GPA, SAT/ACT and class rank from their school/team.

RabonTripp head15In 2016 the DP Scholar Athlete of the year award was renamed the Tripp Rabon Scholar Athlete Award in honor of Tripp Rabon (pictured) of Summerville. Tripp left us far too soon due to a car accident in December of 2015. He was an amazing young man who left a mark on everyone he came across both on the field and off. His success in the classroom was also well-documented and led DP to name the award after him.

Since our inaugural All-Academic Team in 2007, Furman and Clemson have both received commitments from four Tripp Rabon Scholar Athletes. South Carolina, The Citadel, Wofford, Newberry and Coastal Carolina are the other schools to have signed recipients of the award in the past. These colleges have focused on not just the best on the field but the brightest off of it.

Now it is time to reveal who this year's Tripp Rabon Scholar Athlete is, along with the entire 2021 DP All-Academic Team...

  -DP's Tripp Rabon Scholar Athlete of the Year- 

Aryan Patel, Hanahan High School, The Citadel Signee - Class of 2022:

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Diamond Propspects is excited to announce Aryan Patel as the 2022 Tripp Rabon Scholar Athlete of the Year. Aryen, now a two-time Academic Team selection, excelled both on and off the field during his time with Hanahan. Patel finishes his high school career with a 5.29 weighted GPA and scored 1400 on his SAT's. He is a four-time Math Award recipient, made Dean's list four times at Trident Technical College, is a member of the BETA Club and National Honor Society and is a Palmetto Fellows Scholarship recipient. Patel is the second Tripp Rabon winner to join The Citadel (Travis Lott) for his collegiate career. Patel is a RHP and INF who committed in October of 2021. He was named to the 2022 3A Diamond King's team and the 3A All-DP Team for his on-field performance. 

Once again, congratulations to Aryan Patel! 

Now, it's time for DP's entire 2022 All-Academic team. Congratulations to all the deserving players who continue to put hard work in on the diamond, while simultaneously excelling in the classroom. 

2022 All-Academic Team

Name

Yr

School

GPA

SAT*

ACT

Class Rank

Aryan Patel

SR

Hanahan

5.29

1400

-

3/163

Foster Nicodin

JR

Hanahan

4.94

1290

-

13

Shane Keup

SR

Dreher

5.29

1370

34

2

Nolan Evatt

SR

Liberty

4.60

1070

-

18

Trevor Testerman

SR

Catawba Ridge

4.67

-

-

57

Andrew Buffkin JR Carolina Forest 4.16 1240 - 141/558
Bryson Butler JR Carolina Forest 4.22 - - -
Jackson McCoy JR Carolina Forest 4.90 1250 - -
Braden McWhorter JR Carolina Forest 4.40 1190 - -
Will Jackson SR Carolina Forest 4.70 1230 - 46/600
Josh Watson SR Carolina Forest 3.90 - - -

Ethan von Ahn

JR

Spring Hill

5.33

1370

-

3

Walt Smith

SR

TL Hanna

5.08

1250

-

11

Carson Bachellor

SR

TL Hanna

5.04

1320

-

15

David Stark

SR

Spring Valley

5.0

1490

32

15

Branton Little

SR

Wando

4.69

1380

29

93

Seth Robinson

SR

Cane Bay

4.64

1100

25

62

Jack Burton

JR

Northwestern

4.91

1270

-

7

Brodie Kennedy

JR

Northwestern

4.87

1200

26

8

Michael Gibson

SR

Northwestern

4.33

-

-

-

Nathan Hall  SR Lexington 4.30 1100 - -

Gavin Harvey

JR

Easley

4.69

1000

-

39

Mac Ketchin

JR

Wando

4.59

1340

-

-

Bryson Nuchols

JR

North Augusta

5.10

1200

-

15

Will McFarland SR Lexington 4.99 1300   24/530

Jon Bagwell

JR

Wando

 4.60

1460

-

-

Payton Grant SR Andrews 4.90 1220 - 6
Reyn Watson SR Pee Dee Academy 5.10 1170 24 3
Rusty Chappell SR Abbeville 5.31 1200 - 4

DP Note I: Only Junior and Seniors were considered for the All-Academic Team.

DP Note II: SAT score is just Math and Verbal portions only. 

 

-Previous Winners- 

Year

Name

High School

College

2022 Aryan Patel Hanahan The Citadel
2021  Ben Freeman Easley Newberry
2020 Covid... - -
2019 Travis Lott  Stratford  The Citadel 
2018 Bryce Cox TL Hanna  Clemson

2017

Bo Taylor

South Pointe

Coastal Carolina

2016

Wilson Beattie

Summerville

South Carolina

2015

Chase Belk

Wilson Hall

Furman

2014

Matthew Bridges

Greenwood

Clemson

2013

Matthew Quarles

Emerald

Furman

2012

Weber Pike

Beaufort

South Carolina

2011

Patrick Andrews

Hilton Head Prep

Clemson

2010

Alex Abrams 

Bishop England

Furman

2009

Taylor Rozier

North Augusta

Wofford

2008

David Haselden

Spartanburg

Clemson

2007

Brian Harrison

Hilton Head

Furman

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