ATLANTA -- Duke's Mason Plumlee received the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award presented by Spalding Sunday at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show in Atlanta. Plumlee becomes the first player out of the ACC to claim the award in its 14 years of existence.
Plumlee, a second team All-America honoree from the USBWA, AP and NABC, closed his senior campaign averaging 17.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks per game, while shooting 59.9 percent from the field. The Warsaw, Ind., native recorded 18 double-doubles en route to becoming just the second Blue Devil to average a double-double for the season under Coach K.
In addition to his on-court honors and accolades, Plumlee was also a Capital One first team Academic All-America selection. He is the fifth player in Duke history to earn All-America and Academic All-America in the same season.
Plumlee scored in double figures in 33 contests, including nine 20-point efforts and a pair of 30-point outings. He closed his Duke career ranked in the top 10 in rebounds, field goal percentage, blocks and dunks. He also became the 31st player in ACC history to record over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.