I mean, you shouldn't get accolades just because of where you are committed... I'm not saying that I don't think he deserved a spot, because I do.
But nothing about being committed to VT should even matter. There is a certain youngster pitching for Hoban that is committed to Vanderbilt but gets lit up fairly consistently and seems to never have a dominant outing. Should he get postseason recognition "because he's committed to Vanderbilt?" I think not.
You are right, you shouldn't get accolades just because of previous accolades or commitments. And with how those two programs have performed this year, being committed to Vandy isn't as impressive as VT lol.. Either way, these two young studs are committed to these top schools for a reason. They're REALLY good. I can understand that an upperclassmen that is near the top of his abilities that is not committed to play collegiately could have the equivalent performance to a younger player that is committed to a D1 school due to their unfathomably high ceiling. But you mean to tell me that there were 20 guys better than Rhodes this year? Yeah, no. The bashing that Salem has received in the league voting was blatant and the coaches behind the such should be ashamed of themselves. Whether they don't like they players, the coaches, etc. Salem has easily 4 or 5 guys that are worthy of being first or second teamers at the least. I won't disclose of any names out of respect, but just from watching games against Marlington and a few other conference H2H games, there were some noticeable all-league nominees that were undeserving.
Nonetheless, this has to fuel a fire under Salem heading into the post season. And not only that, the coaches that were most likely the reasoning for this blasphemous voting have to feel a bit of guilt - hence their karma, losing early in the postseason.