MSU had 112 student-athletes recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Jimmy Pickens named John Kobs Most Valuable Player.
Jimmy Pickens named second-team All-Big Ten.
Jimmy Pickens hit a triple in the ninth to propel MSU to the victory.
Michigan State had a season-high 16 runs and Jimmy Pickens had four RBIs.
Sophomore enters his second season as the starting right fielder.
SUMMER 2012: Played for the Alexandria Beetles in the Northwoods League . . . named to the North Division All-Star Team . . . led the Beetles with 14 doubles and tied for the team lead with 21 stolen bases in 45 games . . . also ranked fourth on the team in batting (.365), runs (37), homers (5) and RBIs (29).
2012 (FRESHMAN): Started 43 games in right field and saw action in 57 games . . . All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection . . . led team with six homers . . . compiled a .257 batting average . . . ranked third on the team with 35 RBIs . . . tied for the team lead with three triples . . . ranked fourth on the team in doubles (9) and slugging (.437) . . . had an RBI double in his first collegiate at-bat against preseason All-American Kyle Hansen of St. John's; went 2-for-4 with a run in the win over the 11th-ranked Red Storm on Opening Day (2/17) . . . recorded the game-winning RBI with a double in the top of the 13th in win over Michigan (4/8); his solo homer tied the game at 7 in the seventh inning . . . went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and six RBIs in win at Illinois on May 4 . . . went 2-for-4 against Pepperdine (6/1) in the NCAA Regionals.
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (41st round, No. 1247 overall) . . . four-year letterwinner under Coach Bob Riker at Brother Rice High School . . . played for the U22 Michigan Bulls in the Livonia Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2011 . . . ranked the No. 6 player in Michigan and one of the top 500 players in the nation according to Perfect Game . . . rated the No. 15 prospect for the Class of 2011 by MichiganBaseballProspects.org . . . named to the 2011 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Division 1 All-State Second Team . . . named to The Detroit News 2011 All-Metro Team and the All-Oakland County Team . . . as a senior in 2011, led his team to a 28-8 record and a district title while batting .385 with eight homers, 36 RBIs, 45 runs and 23 stolen bases . . . ranked the No. 3 player in Oakland County by the Daily Tribune . . . as a junior, named to the MHSBCA and Detroit Free Press 2010 Dream Team and Division 1 All-State Team as he hit .418 with five homers and 31 RBIs . . . also compiled a .581 on-base percentage, .819 slugging percentage and stole 19 bases . . . as a sophomore in 2009, batted .364 with six home runs, 41 RBIs and 21 stolen bases . . . as a freshman in 2008, was the starting catcher on the Brother Rice team that went 34-6 and claimed the Division 1 state championship; went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a triple in the 8-0 win over Saline in the state title game . . . also earned four letters in football as a running back and free safety . . . rushed for 823 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior in 2009 as Brother Rice advanced to the MHSAA Division 2 state semifinals . . . elected a football captain in 2010 and helped the Warriors win the Catholic League A/B Division championship at Ford Field . . . also a basketball letterwinner.
PERSONAL: Son of Roger and Sharon Pickens . . . born March 18, 1992 . . . kinesiology major . . . his brother, Doug, was a catcher at Michigan and is currently in the Cleveland Indians minor league system . . . brother, Matt, played football at Western Michigan (2006-09) . . . chose Michigan State over Michigan, Louisville and Tennessee.
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