DeJong, who also received the MVC Elite 18 Award after the
Redbirds won their way into the championship game of the 2014
MVC Tournament, has amassed a 3.79 cumulative grade-point
average (GPA) in bio-chemistry, while starting 54 of ISUís 55
The Antioch, Ill., native led the Redbirds with a .349 batting
average, a .596 slugging percentage and a .430 on-base
percentage, including a team-best 48 RBI, 44 runs scored and 76
hits. DeJong also led ISU in doubles (21) and home runs (9),
while matching a team-high with three triples. At second base,
he earned a .960 fielding percentage.
The criteria for the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete
Team voting parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information
Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting.
Nominees must be starters or important reserves, with at least a
3.20 GPA. Student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic
and academic standing at their institution and must have
completed at least one full academic year at their institution.
[Text received; JOHN TWORK, ILLINOIS
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