DP All-Academic Team: 2023


By: Jason Kullman – June 19, 2023

Diamond 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.

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In 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. NEW! The Rabon family recently contacted DP and has now set up the Inaugural Tripp Rabon Scholarship Fund to honor their son’s memory, our winner will now be the recipient of a $1,000 check for their classwork exploits!

Since our first 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 2023 DP All-Academic Team…

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

Rush Sheppard – Greenville High School, Wofford College – Class of 2023: Diamond Prospects is excited to announce Rush Sheppard as the 2023 Tripp Rabon Scholar Athlete of the Year. Rush excelled both on and off the field during his time at Greenville HS, earning All-Region honors this spring following an injury-plagued sophomore and junior seasons. But the reason Shepherd is being honored on this page is for his prowess in the classroom throughout his high school career sporting a 5.36 weighted GPA and scored 1400 on the SAT. While attending Palmetto Boys State is an honor, Sheppard walked away with the highly-distinguished Citizen Award in 2022, which allowed him to be a Junior Counselor at this June’s event. There’s even more on the resume: Wofford Scholar, JF Lucas Red Raider Spirit Award, Highest Math ACT at GHS, Economics Student of the Year and for good measure, a Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. Sheppard is the second Tripp Rabon winner to attend Wofford (Taylor Rozier, 2009) for his career path.

Once again, congratulations to Rush Sheppard on winning the award and for becoming the first recipient of the Tripp Rabon Scholarship gift from the Rabon family! 

Now, it’s time for DP’s unveiling of the entire 2023 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. 

2023 All-Academic Team

NameSchoolGrad YrGPASATACTClass Rank
Chase StaleySpartanburgSr5.1013609
Chas WelchDormanSr4.8285
Charlie MarchbanksRiversideJr5.1313402524
Luke WestrolRiversideJr4.7813203070
Dru NelsonRiversideJr4.74105074
James KakarasRiversideJr4.65113094
Dylan WillisRiversideSr4.551140134
Braxton PaxtonEasleyJr3.9627
Connor HambyEasleyJr3.8944
*Gavin HarveyEasleySr3.8832
Kaleb OwensEasleyJr3.8457
Malcolm WebbBeaufortJr5.0113107
Nathan WrigleyCane BaySr5.14134011
Bryson NuckolsNorth AugustaSr5.11120014
Bre’Yon BurgessLake CitySr3.76
Octavian McKnightLake CitySr3.85
Hayden JohnsonSocasteeSr4.91108035
Austin LloydGray CollegiateSr4.9225
*Jackson McCoyCarolina ForestSr4.952227/559
Brad WohlersCarolina ForestSr4.09110021174/559
*Josh WatsonCarolina ForestSr3.96890214/559
Nolan AlexanderCarolina ForestJr4.84114027/654
Max StefanchikCarolina ForestSr4.461230101/559
*Andrew BuffkinCarolina ForestSr4.07124018180/559
*Bryson ButlerCarolina ForestSr4.1328163/559
Evan MoonPowdersvilleJr,4.8012702448/217
Wyatt LunsfordDormanJr5.171260
Campbell WhitenerDormanJr4.951290
Josh BrownDormanJr4.751070
Mitchell PowellDormanJr4.81040
Mitch WilsonDormanJr4.721110
Clay CrossleyDormanJr4.6116
Rush SheppardGreenvilleSr5.32140011/338
Cameron BarnhardtGreenvilleSr5.18138026/338
Scott HardyGilbertJr5.0610702311/252
Eli BeardenEmeraldSr3.8576
Braxton HillEmeraldSr4.7130
Tyler RuddEmeraldSr4.7429
Calvin HendersonEmeraldSr4.2652
Bradlee JonesEmeraldSr3.7484
Christian CarruthEmeraldSr4.0549

*Denotes previous winner

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. 

DP Note III: Special thanks to all the HS coaches who rounded up this academic info for their kids so that we could recognize them!

-Previous Winners- 

YearNameHigh SchoolCollege
2023Rush SheppardGreenvilleWofford
2022Aryan PatelHanahanThe Citadel
2021 Ben FreemanEasleyNewberry
2019Travis Lott Stratford The Citadel 
2018Bryce CoxTL HannaClemson
2017Bo TaylorSouth PointeCoastal Carolina
2016Wilson BeattieSummervilleSouth Carolina
2015Chase BelkWilson HallFurman
2014Matthew BridgesGreenwoodClemson
2013Matthew QuarlesEmeraldFurman
2012Weber PikeBeaufortSouth Carolina
2011Patrick AndrewsHilton Head PrepClemson
2010Alex Abrams Bishop EnglandFurman
2009Taylor RozierNorth AugustaWofford
2008David HaseldenSpartanburgClemson
2007Brian HarrisonHilton HeadFurman