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
Fall Practice - Final Day
2007 Freshman: Played in 56 games, starting 54, all at third base ... Saw most of his at bats in the No. 2 hole, getting 187 of his 217 ABs in that spot ... Opened his Illini career by going 5-for-9 with two RBI and two runs at Louisiana-Lafayette ... Went 6-for-14 (.429) two RBI and a run at the Al Ogletree Classic, being named to the all-tournament team ... Put together an eight-game hitting streak from 3/2-19 ... Went 3-for-6 with two runs and an RBI against Yale ... Went 4-for-9 with three RBI and three runs in the doubleheader against No. 25 Ohio State ... Was 3-for-5 with a run against Bradley ... Hit 3-for-5 with his first career home run, three RBI and two runs at Illinois State ... Three days later went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the opener at Iowa ... Finished the season with an eight-game hitting streak, going 11-for-28 (.393) over that stretch ... Played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League during the summer along with Illini teammate Daniel Webb ... Named an NWL postseason all-star.
Led team to fourth-place finish in the 2005 IHSA state tournament ... Member of state qualifying team in 2006 ... In 2006, earned first team All-State honors by Prep Baseball Report and Chicago Tribune ... Journal Star Player of the Year in 2005 ... All-Area team selection in 2005 and 2006 ... Named All-Mid-Illini Conference in 2004, 2005, and 2006 ... Played in McDonald's All-Star game in 2004, 2005, and 2006 ... Played in ICA All-Star game in 2006 ... Hit .539 in 2006, with a combined 22-3 pitching record for 2005 and 2006 seasons ... Member of National Honor Scoiety ... Named to "Who's Who Among American High School Athletes" in 2005 and 2006.
Born April 5, 1988 ... Parents are Bill and Debbie Wikoff ... Enrolled in the College of Business ... Has two siblings, Pat (22) and Kaci (18) ... His earliest baseball memory is seeing Frank Thomas hit a home run at Comiskey Park when he was six ... Lists Kiwane Garris as his favorite Illinois athlete ... Hobbies include ping pong, frisbee, and golf.