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Kentucky Wildcats' JaVon Shelby named preseason All-America

Kentucky's JaVon Shelby has been named preseason All-America by Louisville Slugger, it was announced Tuesday by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Shelby, a junior third baseman from Lexington, gives the Wildcats a preseason All-American for the fourth consecutive year.

He's coming off a 2015 season which saw him earn first-team All-SEC honors. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-hander posted a .312 batting average with nine home runs and 44 RBI. He ranked ninth in the SEC with a .442 on-base percentage, giving him an impressive .967 OPS.

Defensively, Shelby was one of the best in the league. He led all SEC second basemen in assists for the second second consecutive year. He'll be making the transition to third base this season for the Cats.

Shelby comes from a tradition-rich baseball family. His father, John T. Shelby, played 11 years in Major League Baseball with clubs that included the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. He is currently the first base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. His older brother, John, hit 33 home runs and drove in 131 runs during his All-SEC career at UK from 2004-06, culminating with the Cats' first SEC championship in school history. A younger brother, Jaren, signed with UK in November and is considered one of the Top 50 high school players available for the 2016 MLB Draft.

UK PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS (since 1999)

1999 – John Wilson, C

- Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball

2007 – Collin Cowgill, OF

- Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2007 – Sean Coughlin, C

- Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2007 – Greg Dombrowski, RHSP

- NCBWA

2010 – Chris Bisson, 2B

- Baseball America

2013 – Austin Cousino, OF

- Baseball America, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2013 – Corey Littrell, LHSP

- Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2013 – AJ Reed, UT

- NCBWA

2014 – AJ Reed, UT

- Baseball America, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game

2014 – Austin Cousino, OF

- Baseball America

2015 – Kyle Cody, RHSP

- Baseball America, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball

2016 – JaVon Shelby, 3B

- Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball


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