Former Gator Brad Wilkerson to be inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame
Former Gator Brad Wilkerson has been selected to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. He becomes the first Florida player to be selected for the pretigious honor.
The 2012 class also includes former Major League players Nomar Garciaparra (Georgia Tech, 1992-94) and Lou Brock (Southern University, 1958-60.
The only three-time All-American in Gator baseball history, Wilkerson was the 1998 Collegiate Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and won the Smith Award given to the National Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year as selected by CoSIDA. A finalist for the 1998 Golden Spikes Award, he was a first-team All-American selection by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly, Collegiate Baseball and Sporting News that year. Wilkerson re-set UF career batting average, HR, RBI, runs, walks and slugging percentage records, broke seven individual season batting records and tied/re-set seven individual performance marks during his career.
With 55 career home runs, he became the eighth player in SEC history to hit 50 or more home runs. In addition, he reached base safely in 141-consecutive games at one point in his career, and reached base in 190 of 195 career games. Wilkerson was the first player in NCAA history to hit 20 home runs, win 10 games and steal 20 bases in a season (23 homers-10 wins-21 stolen bases in 1998).
The 2012 Class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions celebration June 29-30 in Lubbock, Texas.