2007 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/15/07

2007 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award

2007 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award

"Wallace Watch" Finalists Announced

Lubbock, Texas - The College Baseball Foundation's Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year Award released the names of the three finalists today.  These finalists will join the 2007 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees for a two day celebration in Lubbock, Texas on July 3rd and 4th.

Matt LaPorta, 1B, Florida

LaPorta was chosen by the Boston Red Sox his junior year but elected to stay in school and play as a Gator one last year.  Matt finished his senior year with a .402 batting average, 10 doubles, 20 homeruns and 52 RBI.  He was elected SEC Player of the Year in 2005 and 2007.  LaPorta was chosen by the Milwaukee Brewers as the 7th overall pick in the 2007 draft.

 David Price, SP, Vanderbilt

Price was named the 2007 SEC Pitcher of the Year.  David recorded 175 strikeouts and an 11 - 0 regular season record.  He finished his junior year with a 2.71 ERA, 29 BB, and only gave up one homerun in 123 innings.  Price was chosen by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the 1st overall pick in the 2007 MLB draft.

Tony Thomas Jr., 2B, Florida State

Thomas was named 2007 ACC Player of the Year.  As a junior he hit for 32 doubles, 11 homeruns and 49 RBI in the regular season.  Tony had a .442 batting average and 30 stolen bases.  Thomas was chosen by the Chicago Cubs in the 3rd round of the 2007 MLB draft.

"The level of talent, character, and God-given ability that this group possesses is second to none." said Raymond Richardson, Chairman of the 2007 Brooks Wallace Award Committee.  "That is what makes all three finalists excellent candidates for the 2007 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award.  The selection committee will have to work hard to decide this year's winner."

The selection committee will vote on the three finalists following NCAA College World Series, and the winner will be announced at the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Banquet on July 3rd at the United Spirit Arena on the Campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

The finalists, accompanied by their parents and head coaches, will participate in the Wallace Award Banquet and Hall of Fame festivities in Lubbock, Texas aside the 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees.  This year's winner will join the ranks of some of College Baseball's premier greatest legends, and will be permanently recognized in the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player and will be televised nationally by Fox College Sports. This award is the only one to encompass the first pitch of the college season to the final out in Omaha. Past winners include Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton in 2004, Alex Gordon of Nebraska in 2005, and pitcher/designated hitter Brad Lincoln of Houston in 2006. 

The Wallace Award is a dedication to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. Wallace was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A four-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District his senior year. He led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament in 1980. After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, he returned to Texas Tech and served as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach. In the summer of 1984, he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27. The Plano, Texas, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.

The 2007 Wallace Award Banquet will be held Tuesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  Information regarding the sale of individual tickets, as well as group and corporate tables, is available by calling (806) 777-8277, or by e-mailing jeff@collegebaseballfoundation.org.

Raymond Richardson
Chairman - Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year Award Committee

raymond@collegebaseballfoundation.org

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