GREENWOOD, Ind. – Unveiled at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, Oakland Golden Grizzlies senior outfielder Ian Cleary was among 35 student-athletes from 14 different conferences to be recognized as a College Sports Communicators (CSC) Division I Academic All-American.
The lone Horizon League representative, Cleary was selected as a Third Team Academic All-American, a 12-man group that also includes Arizona State Sun Devils sophomore catcher Ryan Campos and Tennessee Volunteers junior right-hander Chase Dollander, among others.
Founded in 1957 and known as CoSIDA until their 2022 name change, CSC is America’s premier awards program for combined intercollegiate academic and athletic excellence, and a link to the organization’s official release is available here.
An achievement that only a select few ever reach, Cleary’s Academic All-American selection is Oakland’s first since the Golden Grizzlies transitioned to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level in 1998.
A fellow Third Team honoree, Tom Perkins is the only other player in program history to receive this distinction, doing so in 1989 when Oakland, whose athletic teams were then known as the Pioneers, was a member of the Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
Graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences in April, Cleary held a perfect 4.0 GPA until his final semester and walked with a still spectacular 3.99.
Standing out among all Oakland University student-athletes, he was recognized with the Black and Gold Men’s Top Academic Award on April 17.
“While all accolades are great for the program and I get excited every time one of our guys receives an honor, this one really stands out above the rest,” said head coach Jordon Banfield.
“Any time you talk about being an All-American, you’re talking about the absolute cream of the crop in our country. When it’s the first time in D-I program history, that stands out even more and I couldn’t think of a better representative of what we’re doing than Ian Cleary.
“He’s made himself into an offensive force and continues to excel in the classroom as he prepares for med school in a year. Until then, I look forward to him leading the program as we continue to work toward our goal of another first: bringing OU a championship.”
Initially joining the club as a walk-on after graduating from Utica Henry Ford II High School in 2019, Cleary’s story is an All-American tale of quietly working his way up and carving out a larger role for himself each season, culminating in a Second Team All-Horizon League selection here in 2023 after he slashed .306/.406/.456 with a team-leading 63 hits and 41 RBI.
Registering 16 multiple-hit games this season, including five three-knock performances, Cleary was also named to the 2023 #HLBASE All-Tournament Team after tallying three hits, four RBI and a trio of runs in the Golden Grizzlies’ four contests.
A full list of all 2023 NCAA Division I CSC Academic All-Americans is provided below:
2023 NCAA Division I CSC Academic All-Americans
|P||Rhett Lowder||Wake Forest||3.5||Junior||Economics|
|P||Jesse Barker||Central Arkansas||4.0||Senior||General Science|
|C||Lucas McNew||Southern Indiana||4.0/3.81||Graduate Student||Management (Undergrad) / Business Administration (Graduate)|
|IF||JJ Wetherholt||West Virginia||3.87||Sophomore||Finance|
|IF||Dylan Ditzenberger||New Mexico||4.0/4.0||Graduate Student||Liberal Arts|
|IF||Brock Vradenburg||Michigan State||3.74||Junior||Advertising Management|
|IF||Nolan Schanuel||Florida Atlantic||3.61||Junior||Pre-Business|
|IF||Jake Gelof (First Team in 2022)||Virginia||3.54||Junior||Media Studies|
|OF||Angelo Dispigna||Georgia Tech||4.0/4.0||Graduate Student||Business Administration|
|OF||RJ Schreck||Vanderbilt||3.76/4.0||Graduate Student||Computer Science (Undergrad) / Human Dev. Studies (Graduate)|
|OF||Jake DeLeo||Georgia Tech||3.91||Junior||Business Administration|
|DH||Jacob McKeon (Second Team in 2022)||Washington State||3.95||Senior||Kinesiology|
|P||Ben Ferrer||Oregon State||4.0/3.66||Graduate Student||Economics & Finance (Undergrad) / Corporate Finance & Business Analytics (Graduate)|
|P||Simon Miller||UTSA||3.6||Junior||Cyber Intelligence|
|C||Kyle Gurney (First Team in 2022)||Bowling Green||3.91||Senior||Business Analytics & Intelligence|
|C||Calvin Harris||Ole Miss||3.54||Junior||Entrepreneurship|
|IF||Owen Cobb||Stanford||3.87||Senior||Management Science & Engineering|
|IF||Ryan Galanie (Third Team in 2022)||Wofford||3.8||Senior||Computer Science & Spanish|
|IF||Carter Graham||Stanford||3.58||Junior||Science, Technology & Society|
|OF||Jared Wegner||Arkansas||3.5/3.8||Graduate Student||Mgmt. Social Enterprise & Marketing (Undergrad) / Operations Mgmt. (Graduate)|
|OF||Jackson Gray||Kentucky||3.8/3.8||Graduate Student||Finance|
|OF||Homer Bush Jr.||Grand Canyon||3.92||Junior||Sports Management|
|DH||Jeremiah Boyd||Middle Tennessee||4.0/4.0||Graduate Student||Sports Management|
|P||John Bakke (Third Team in 2022)||Morehead State||4.0/4.0||Graduate Student||Sports Management|
|P||Chase Dollander||Tennessee||3.78||Junior||Recreation & Sports Management|
|P||Jonathan Fincher (Second Team in 2022 and Third Team in 2021)||Louisiana Tech||3.92||Senior||Biology/Kinesiology & Health Sciences|
|C||Ryan Campos||Arizona State||3.58||Sophomore||Liberal Studies|
|IF||John Giesler||Georgia Tech||4.0||Junior||Business Administration|
|IF||Riley Cheek||Queens University of Charlotte||4.0/4.0||Graduate Student||Business|
|IF||Travis Bazzana||Oregon State||3.55||Sophomore||Psychology|
|IF||William Sullivan||Troy||3.73||Senior||Exercise Science|
|OF||Ian Cleary||Oakland||4.0||Senior||Biomedical Sciences|
|OF||Nick Brassington (Third Team in 2022)||Queens University of Charlotte||4.0/4.0||Graduate Student||Business|
|OF||Eddie Park||Stanford||3.68||Junior||Management Science & Engineering|
|DH||Slade Wilks||Southern Mississippi||3.52||Junior||Business Administration|