Jared Koon, also a sophomore-to-be, earned 3rd team honors in just his first year of junior college ball. In addition to being named All-American, Baseball America, in their June 1st Draft Scouting Report, rated Koon the top junior college pitcher as well as the best overall juco player in the state of Mississippi. According to BA, "Koon is still maturing into his 6-foot-4, 210-pound body, and when he harnessed all the moving parts, he touched the mid-90s at times with his fastball."
Both players were also selected to the 2005 NJCAA Division II Baseball All-District Southeast teams. Rice earned the district's Defensive Player of the Year award.
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