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Senior outfielder Ian Cleary makes program history with College Sports Communicators Third Team Academic All-American selection

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.

Ian Cleary CSC Third Team Academic All-American

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:

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2023 NCAA Division I CSC Academic All-Americans

First Team
















Position Name School GPA Class Major
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

 
Second Team















Position Name School GPA Class Major
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

 
Third Team
















Position Name School GPA Class Major
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