Following a pair of standout rookie seasons, NC State’s Brad Debo and Will Wilson have been tabbed Freshman All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN), announced Wednesday by the organization.
The Wolfpack duo is the first pair to garner CBN Freshman All-America honors since 2012 when Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner. Last season, Brett Kinneman collected the accolade and Andrew Knizner garnered the mention in 2014.
Debo turned in a stellar freshman season in which he led NC State with a .335 batting average, ranking among the top 20 and the second highest for a freshman in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He collected 72 hits, the second most on the team and drove in 43 runs, third most on the squad.
Hailing from nearly Durham, N.C., Debo hit 18 doubles in his first season on campus and scored 30 runs. He also hit for power with four home runs, three triples and a .493 slugging percentage. Debo ended the year with a .387 on-base percentage, the best on the Wolfpack among regular starters.
He started 54 of the 56 games he played, splitting time between designated hitter and catcher. Debo led NC State with 22 multi-hit games, including seven three-hit performances and a four-hit game. Additionally, he logged 10 games with multi-RBIs.
Debo was tabbed a third team All-ACC Selection and garnered a spot on the All-Freshman Team.
Wilson was one of just two Wolfpack players to start all 61 games and one of a few freshmen in the ACC to start all its team’s games. He started 57 games at second base, two at shortstop and a pair at designated hitter. Wilson finished the year with a .300 batting average to go along with 72 hits, tying with classmate Debo for the second most on the team.
He tied for the ACC lead with 21 doubles, the second-highest total for any freshman in the nation. The Kings Mountain, N.C., native smashed eight home runs to rank second among ACC rookies in that category. In addition, Wilson tallied 48 RBIs to pace all ACC freshmen and finish second on the team.
Wilson led the Pack with 14 multi-RBI games, highlighted by two four-RBI performances and two three-RBI games. He finished his freshman campaign second on the squad with 20 multi-hit games, including a team-best three four-hit outings.
He was also an ACC All-Freshman Team Selection.
NC State fell to No. 11 Kentucky in the NCAA Lexington (Ky.) Regional Final and finished the year at 36-25, winning 16 of its final 21 games.