ATLANTA -- Georgia State baseball standout Rhett Harper was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® baseball team announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The senior outfielder-pitcher was selected for the second time in his career and is now eligible for the Google Cloud Academic All-America® baseball team, which will be announced next month.
Harper, who was also honored in 2017, is one of the top student-athletes in the nation with a 4.16 grade point average -- the highest mark for any of the 90 baseball players selected from the eight Division I districts. He earned his degree this week in finance.
A fifth-year senior from Chatsworth, Ga., Harper is currently hitting .318 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 21 games in the outfield. He began his college career as an outfielder, moved to the mound in 2016 and led the team in saves in 2017 before missing the entire 2018 season with an arm injury. Harper returned this season and moved back to the outfield last month.
This week alone, he hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning last Saturday at Texas State to lead the Panthers to a come-from-behind victory, and he homered again yesterday vs. Presbyterian. Those were his first home runs since February 14, 2015.
With Harper's selection, the Georgia State baseball program boasts 10 Google Cloud Academic All-District® honorees since 2013, including six who have gone on to earn Academic All-America® status.
Harper is one of eight Georgia State student-athletes in six sports named Google Cloud Academic All-District® in 2018-19, along with Terry Thomas (football), Lukas Joyner (men's soccer), Kyle Clinton (men's soccer), Morgan Hash (volleyball), Jada Lewis (women's basketball), Kristin Hawkins (softball) and Reagan Morgan (softball).
Harper and the Panthers play a Sun Belt Conference series at Louisiana this weekend, beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.