Nate Pearson, Bishop McLaughlin’s Florida International signee, was named Tuesday as the Florida Dairy Farmers’ Class 3A Baseball Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher/first baseman, who is expected be selected in next week’s baseball amateur draft, finished the season 9-1 with a 1.75 ERA and 117 strikeouts for the state-semifinalist Hurricanes. At the plate, he hit .318 with 30 RBIs and a county-high nine homers.
Pearson is now eligible to become Florida’s Mr. Baseball and will contend with the players of the year from the other seven classes.
Tampa Catholic sophomore forward Kevin Knox was named to the United States 16-Under National Team. Knox, a 6-foot-6 wingman, averaged 24.4 points and 10 rebounds per game this past season for the Crusaders.
Knox was among 29 of the nation’s top 16-and-under players invited to team trials beginning May 28 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team will depart for Argentina for the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship beginning June 10. The USA opens preliminary play against Puerto Rico on June 10, then faces the Dominican Republic on June 11 and ends the preliminary round June 12 against Brazil.
Selections were made by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee.
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