PRIOR TO ILLINOIS
Hit .247 with 24 runs scored and 15 RBIs, while making just five errors in 235 chances in 2011 for Parkland College ... Hit .388 with 20 runs scored and 23 RBIs for Parkland in 2010, committing only two errors in 199 chances.
Led Highland to the 2008 IHSA Class 3A state championship ... Named to the honorable mention All-Area baseball team in 2009 ... Earned six varsity letters, three each in baseball and basketball ... Earned All-Mississippi Valley Conference honors in baseball and basketball in 2009.
Born on October 20, 1990 ... Parents are Ronald and Christine Kuper ... Majoring in agricultural and consumer economics/finance in agribusiness ... Has a younger brother, Aaron ... Named to the dean's list at Parkland ... Hobbies include hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and golfing ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning the 2008 state championship ... Favorite athlete is Mike Matheny ... Plans to work in the financial industry after graduation ... Lists his father as the person who has most influenced his athletic career.