The NABC Honors court recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2012-13 season. Plumlee was also named to the NABC Honors Court following the 2011-12 academic year, while Zafirovski is a first-time honoree.
Plumlee received his undergraduate degree in psychology in May, while Zafirovski earned his degree in psychology with a certificate in markets and management studies. Plumlee was drafted 22nd overall by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2013 NBA Draft, while Zafirovski will return to Duke as a graduate student and a member of the basketball team in 2013-14.
Plumlee, a 6-10, 235-pound forward from Warsaw, Ind., received All-America and All-ACC honors as a senior after averaging 17.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. He received the ACC Skip Prosser Award as the league’s top men’s basketball scholar-athlete while also earning Capital One Academic All-America honors for the second straight year. Plumlee is only the fifth player in school history to twice earn Academic All-America first team honors.
Zafirovski, a 6-8, 245-pound forward from Lake Forest, Ill., joined the team as a walk-on during the Blue Devils’ 2009-10 NCAA Championship season and is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection. He played in a career-high seven games in 2012-13, during which he scored his first career points, grabbed his first rebound and posted his first block and steal.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:
1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution.