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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • College Baseball: Roper recgonized for skills off the diamond

  • U of I redshirt junior one of 45 Illini named to Big Ten Distinguished Scholars list
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  • Former Harrisburg High School standout and current University of Illinois baseball player Reid Roper was given an honor that surpasses his skills on the ball diamond.
    On Wednesday, the 2010 graduate was one of 45 U of I student-athletes recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.
    Roper was the lone baseball player who was named to the list. Roper is majoring in Elementary Education: Mathematics at the University of Illinois.
    The Big Ten Conference recognized 45 student-athletes from Illinois when it announced its list of recipients for the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award on Wednesday. The list of 684 includes student-athletes from every institution and 37 different sports who have earned a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.
    In February of 2008, Big Ten Faculty Representatives established a conference academic recognition to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution. However, the Distinguished Scholar Award encompasses only student-athletes with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student-athlete’s academic career.
    Roper, the son of Jeff and Diane Roper, was a four-year starter at Harrisburg, hitting .504 with 10 home runs in 2012, while going 12-0 on the mound with an 0.84 ERA. He helped lead the Bulldogs to a second place finish in the Class 2A state baseball finals.
    Roper, the son of Jeff and Diane Roper, was a four-year starter at Harrisburg, hitting .504 with 10 home runs in 2012, while going 12-0 on the mound with an 0.84 ERA. He helped lead the Bulldogs to a second place finish in the Class 2A state baseball finals.
    He was drafted in the 29th round as a catcher by the Atlanta Braves in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft and was the No. 5 rated prospect in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report. He was named a Louisville Slugger All-American in 2010 and earned first-team All-State honors for the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association, the Chicago Tribune and Prep Baseball Report.

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