Nov. 10, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss announced Thursday that six student-athletes, including five from the state of Michigan, will join the Spartan baseball program for the 2013 season: Justin Alleman (Holt, Mich./Holt High School), Cam Gibson (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South High School), Anthony Misiewicz (New Baltimore, Mich./Anchor Bay High School), PJ Nowak (Plymouth, Mich./Phillips Andover (Mass.) Academy), Alex Rapanos (Midland, Mich./Midland High School) and Ryan Richardson (South Elgin, Ill./Elgin (Ill.) Community College).
"We're very excited to add these six student-athletes and their families to the Spartan Baseball family," said Boss, who was named the 2011 Big Ten Coach of the Year. "Although we knew it would be a smaller class than the previous three years, this class addresses several needs we had and the quality of these student-athletes both on and off the field is outstanding. I would like to commend recruiting coordinator Graham Sikes and associate head coach Mark Van Ameyde for all their hard work in putting together an outstanding recruiting class together. Their tireless efforts on the road during the year with regard to recruiting certainly made this class possible and Spartan Baseball will reap the benefits of all their efforts in the years to come."
Below is a look at each of the incoming student-athletes:
Justin Alleman Holt, Mich. Holt High School 6-3 195 R/R P/INF
Will be a four-year letterwinner under Coach Nate Potts at Holt High School . . . rated the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan by Perfect Game . . . ranked the No. 6 prospect for the Class of 2012 by MichiganBaseballProspects.org . . . two-year captain in baseball . . . two-time selection to the Lansing State Journal Dream Team . . . earned Division I second-team all-state honors from the MHSBCA (Michigan High School Coaches Association) in 2011 as a junior after batting .513 with 33 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and three home runs . . . on the mound, picked up four wins and struck out 73 batters in 41 1/3 innings . . . also earned all-conference and all-district honors in 2011 . . . hit .416 with seven homers and went 8-1 on the mound as a sophomore to garner all-conference and all-district accolades . . . earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a freshman, batting .417 with one homer while going 2-0 on the mound . . . played quarterback this fall for Holt and guided the Rams to a 5-5 record, a CAAC Blue Co-Championship, and a berth in the Division 1 state playoffs . . . has also lettered in basketball . . . son of Jeff and Sherri Alleman . . . born Dec. 20, 1993 . . . chose Michigan State over several schools, including Ohio State, Michigan, Central Michigan, Kentucky, Louisville and West Virginia.
Boss on Alleman: "Justin is the No. 1 ranked player in the state of Michigan by Perfect Game and deservedly so. A right-handed pitcher, he's extremely athletic and possesses a fastball in the 88-90 mph range and will top out in the low 90s on occasion. As a local student athlete, we felt it was very important for our program to keep Justin home and we expect great things out of him during his time here at Michigan State. A quarterback on his football team, Justin has tremendous leadership ability and has the talent to be an impact player immediately."
Cam Gibson Grosse Pointe, Mich. Grosse Pointe South High School 6-0 175 L/R OF
Will be a four-year letterwinner under Coach Dan Griesbaum at Grosse Pointe South High School . . . earned first-team MHSBCA Division 1 all-state honors as a junior in 2011 and helped lead Grosse Pointe South to a district title . . . had a .414 batting average with 32 runs, 13 doubles, seven homers and 40 RBIs as a junior last season . . . named a notable player to watch in the Class of 2012 by MichiganBaseballProspects.org . . . son of Kirk and Joanne Gibson . . . father, Kirk, is the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks and was an All-American in football (1978) and baseball (1978) at Michigan State; also played 17 years in the Major Leagues and won World Series titles with the Detroit Tigers (1984) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1988); named the 1988 National League Most Valuable Player.
Boss on Gibson: "Cam is a hard-nosed competitor who plays the game the right way. He has some power in his left-handed bat, and he runs very well in the outfield and on the base paths. He's a tremendous athlete and has excelled in hockey in the past as a member of the Honeybaked National Championship team. He will bring a competitive fire to Michigan State that will be contagious to his teammates. We're excited for what his future holds here in East Lansing."
Anthony Misiewicz New Baltimore, Mich. Anchor Bay High School 6-0 185 R/L P
Will be a four-year letterwinner under Coach John Graybill at Anchor Bay High School . . . named a notable player to watch in the Class of 2012 by MichiganBaseballProspects.org . . . earned Macomb Area Conference Blue Division All-Conference honors as a junior in 2011 . . . also earned all-district and all-county accolades . . . threw a no-hitter against Bishop Foley on April 9 . . . set the Anchor Bay single-season strikeout record with 126 last season . . . also lettered in football and was a two-year starter at quarterback . . . named a football captain his senior year . . . son of Paul and Lisa Misiewicz.
Boss on Misiewicz: "Anthony is a very talented left-handed pitcher with a fastball in the 85-89 mph range and will only get better. He was a quarterback and a running back on his high school football team and possesses a great deal of toughness, athleticism, and leadership. Anthony will provide us with some much needed dept from the left side of the mound and his competitiveness will allow him to have success early in his Spartan career."
PJ Nowak Plymouth, Mich. Phillips Andover Academy 6-1 165 R/R INF
Attending Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, Mass., this school year (2011-12) after earning three letters under Coach Bill Lis at Detroit Catholic Central High School from 2009-11 . . . team captain and MVP of the 2011 DCC team that went 26-10 and won district and regional titles while advancing to the Division 1 quarterfinals . . . earned all-district, all-region, all-league and all-area honors as a senior in 2011 after leading the team in on-base percentage (.511) to go along with a .386 batting average, 17 doubles, three homers and 22 RBIs . . . named to the Division 1 Academic All-State Team in 2011 and was also a two-time Academic All-Catholic selection (2010 and 2011) . . . four-year honor roll student, was a member of the National Honor Society, and was recognized by the College Board as an AP Scholar with Honor . . . also a member of the Gabriel Richard Club at Detroit Catholic Central (minimum GPA of 3.60) . . . played for the Michigan Red Sox during the summer in 2010 and 2011 . . . son of Steve and Mara Nowak . . . born Oct. 7, 1993 . . . intends on majoring in economics or pre-law/business at MSU . . . chose Michigan State over several other schools, including Creighton, Yale, Brown and Holy Cross.
Boss on Nowak: "PJ is an outstanding defensive shortstop who is very athletic and is wisely taking an extra year to increase his physical strength at his prep school in Massachusetts. His hands and arm strength are outstanding and he's ready to play defensively right now at the Big Ten level. As he continues to get stronger, his bat will continue to improve and I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the middle of the lineup as an RBI guy down the road."
Alex Rapanos Midland, Mich. Midland High School 6-1 180 R/R INF
Will be a four-year letterwinner under Coach Eric Albright at Midland High School . . . rated the No. 4 player in the state of Michigan by Perfect Game . . . ranked the No. 11 prospect for the Class of 2012 by MichiganBaseballProspects.org . . . two-time captain . . . named team MVP as a junior . . . named to the Midland Daily News Dream Team and was a first-team Saginaw Valley League selection as a sophomore in 2009 after batting .425 with 20 RBIs; also earned all-district and all-area honors . . . was a member of the American Legion World Series championship team in 2009 under Coach Steve Cronkwright . . . played for Berryhill Post 165 this past summer and for the Ann Arbor Travelers this fall . . . also a two-year letterwinnner in football and was a captain his junior year while earning All-Saginaw Valley League honorable mention . . . was a two-time MVP of the football team as a starting quarterback as a sophomore and junior, but did not play his senior year due to a shoulder injury he suffered as a junior . . . son of Matt and Elaine Rapanos . . . born June 8, 1993 . . . intends on majoring in kinesiology at MSU . . . his great grandfather, Charlie Skinner, was a baseball coach at Alma College and is in the Alma College Athletics Hall of Fame; he led the team to eight consecutive MIAA (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) championships during the 1950s . . . chose Michigan State over several schools, including Louisville, Ole Miss, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Kentucky and Central Michigan.
Boss on Rapanos: "Alex is the No. 4 ranked player in the state of Michigan by Perfect Game as an infielder. He's very strong and possesses a bat that could fit into the middle of the batting lineup right away. Alex is a very hard worker and an outstanding leader who I know is ready to hit the ground running. He was a very talented quarterback at Midland High School until an injury ended his football career and allowed him to focus solely on baseball."
Ryan Richardson South Elgin, Ill. Elgin (Ill.) Community College 6-0 178 R/R INF
Attending Elgin (Ill.) Community College in 2011-12 . . . transferred to Elgin after attending Nebraska in 2010-11 . . . redshirted for the Huskers last year after suffering a shoulder injury prior to the season . . . named to the Big Commissioner's Honor Roll at Nebraska in the fall of 2010 . . . played in the 2010 Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M. . . . attended St. Charles North (Ill.) High School (2007-10), the same school that produced former Spartan and 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year Jeff Holm . . . holds St. Charles North school career records for hits (142), doubles (37), runs (108) RBIs (94) and is second in batting average (.442) . . . three-year letterwinner . . . set school single-season records in batting (.484), hits (62), runs (48) and doubles (17) . . . two-time Class 4A All-State selection by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association . . . also garnered all-state recognition by Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune as a junior and senior . . . earned Illinois Prep Baseball Report All-State honors as a senior . . . three-time unanimous selection to the Upstate Eight All-Conference First Team and also a three-year member of the all-area team . . . hit a school-record .484 with 13 doubles and 35 RBIs as a senior in 2010 as St. Charles North compiled a 34-5 record . . . named captain of the 2010 all-area team . . . hit .465 with a school-record 17 doubles as a junior in 2009 . . . three-time academic all-conference honoree . . . son of Jeff and Jayna Richardson . . . born Aug. 27, 1991 . . . intends to major in psychology . . . his father, Jeff, played baseball at Eastern Illinois.
Boss on Richardson: "Ryan will come to MSU after transferring from Elgin Community College in Illinois as a middle infielder. He's a very consistent, solid all-around player who can play immediately at the Big Ten level at several different positions in the infield. He's a good runner with good instincts on the bases and a gap-to-gap type hitter who will fit well into our hitting philosophies here at Michigan State. Ryan is a very `baseball smart' player who is an outstanding addition to this class."