No. 5 Illinois Set to Play No. 4 Minnesota at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday at Target Field
Justin Parr Picked as Player of the Year; Duchene Tabbed Freshman of the Year
2007 Junior: Drafted in the third round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Colorado Rockies with overall pick No. 102, becoming the second-highest drafted position player in Illini history ... Named first team All-Ping! Baseball ... A second-team All-America selection by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball ... Third-team American Baseball Coaches Association All-American ... Big Ten Player of the Year ... Started all 58 games, catching 54 and serving as the DH for the other four ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on March 27 after finishing Spring Trip on a 12-for-14 tear with three homers, five RBI and five runs in three games ... Became the first Illinois player to hit .400 in a season since 1996 ... Put together a 19-game hitting streak from March 10-April 14, the 54th-longest streak in the country in 2007 ... Led Illinois in average, hits, runs, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage and on-base percentage ... Led the Big Ten in hits, homers and total bases in all games ... His 90 hits are second-most in a season by an Illinois player ... Led the team with 25 multiple-hit games and 16 multiple-RBI games ... Threw out 24-of-84 (29 percent) of would-be base-stealers, most in the Big Ten ... Lifted the Illini to a berth in the Big Ten Tournament by going 2-for-4 with two homers, including the game-winner, three RBI and two runs in the regular-season finale vs. Michigan State on 5/20 ... Had four-hit games against Sam Houston State, Massachusetts, Dartmouth (3/22 and 3/23), Western Michigan and Northwestern (4/15) ... Had three two-homer games: vs. Dartmouth (3/23), at Iowa (4/22) and vs. Michigan State (5/20).
2006 Sophomore: Played in 55 games, starting 54 at catcher ... Fifth on the team in batting average (.307), tied for second in RBI (38) and homers (5), and fourth in runs (36) and slugging percentage (.434) ... Tied for the team lead in hitting with runners in scoring position at a .410 clip ... Had 15 two-out RBI, fourth on the team ... Advanced runners at a .526 rate, third on the team ... Hit .394 with runners on base, leading the team ... Hit .455 (5-for-11) with the bases loaded ... Started the season on a tear, hitting .533 (16-for-30) with two four-hit games, 10 RBI and six runs ... Went 4-for-5 with four RBI against Western Carolina on 2/26 ... Also had four hits at South Florida on 3/4 ... Hit his first collegiate home run on 4/4 against Western Michigan ... Went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and three runs in the series opener against Northwestern on 4/14 ... Had a career-best seven-game hitting streak from 4/18-28 ... Hit a two-run walk-off home run to defeat St. Xavier on 5/2 ... Threw out 36 percent of runners attempting to steal ... Was better in the Big Ten, throwing out 39 percent of would-be base stealers ... Played for the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League in the summer with Illini teammates Joe Bonadonna and Ben Reeser.
PRIOR TO ILLINOIS
2005 Freshman: Named 2005 Dawg of the Year at Prairie Baseball Academy ... Drove in 22 runs and scored 21 for PBA ... Hit .280 while using wooden bats ... Stole 16 bases in 18 attempts ... Listed as the ninth-best Canadian prospect for the 2005 MLB draft by Baseball America ... Played for the Brainerd Blue Thunder of the Northwoods League during the summer.
Named to Team Alberta in 2003 ... Named the Top Male Athlete in the Grande Prairie Composite 2003 graduating class ... Helped Grande Prairie to the provincial volleyball championship in 2002 ... Earned the Rookie of the Year award in 2000 for Grande Prairie's volleyball team ... Named Tomahawks' volleyball MVP in 2001 and earned the coach's award in 2002 ... Named to the All-Provincial volleyball team ... Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2003.
Born Nov. 7, 1985 ... Parents are Garth and Tammy Davis ... Majoring in molecular and cellular biology ... Has a younger sister, Reina (19) ... Enjoys playing guitar, playing cards, reading and collecting comic books ... Lists his biggest thrills in sports as winning bronze at the 2002 baseball nationals and winning the 2002 volleyball provincial championship ... His favorite athlete is Albert Pujols ... Past summer jobs include working on the grounds crew at a golf course and as part of a land reclamation crew ... His earliest baseball memory is playing tee-ball at age four.