Canisius College senior Ian Choy was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team on Tuesday. The honor is selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Choy was one of 11 players to be named to the first team and one of 34 players across the country to be honored at the University level. Choy is the first baseball player from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to be named an Academic All-American since 2004, when Reed Eastley of Niagara received the honor. Eastley was also coached by current Canisius coach Mike McRae.
Choy is the third player in program
history to be named an Academic All-American as Jeremy Ross received the honor
in 1997 and Jason Rausch earned the honor in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Choy is the fifth student-athlete in school history to earn first-team honors, and first since football player Jake Coppola in 2000.
The designated hitter ranks second on the team with a .379 batting average, to go along with 77 hits, 58 runs scored, 13 doubles, seven home runs, 55 RBI and 30 walks. Choy ranks first in program history with a .504 on-base percentage and also owns program records for being hit by a pitch in a single season (24) and in a career (49). A .348 career hitter, Choy has 250 career hits and needs five hits to set the program's career record in hits, breaking the record of 254 set by Kevin Mahoney from 2006-09.
Choy, an economics major with a 3.52 GPA, was named to the All-District First Team in 2010 after being named to the All-District Second Team in 2009.
Canisius, the 2010 MAAC regular-season champions, start play in the 2010 MAAC Championship on Wednesday, when the Golden Griffins take on No. 4 seed Manhattan. First pitch from Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y. is set for 3 p.m. All Canisius games at the MAAC Championship can be heard on the Golden Griffin Broadcast Network.