The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has released its watch list for the Dick Howser Award. The Howser Award is given annually to the top player in college baseball. Two members of the Ohio State Buckeyes are on the list. Thirdbaseman Ronnie Bourquin and pitcher/firstbaseman/outfielder J.B. Shuck have garnered the honor.
Obviously, I'm happy for both Buckeye stars and both are worthy nominees. However, leaving off Purdue shortstop Mitch Hilligoss is an oversight. I can't honestly say who I would remove from the NCBWA's watchlist, but it's difficult to imagine that the player who might be the Big Ten's player of the year isn't being considered.
Bourquin and Shuck are, however, fine representatives of the conference. Congratulations to both.