Curry and Plumlee, both team captains and 2012 All-ACC selections, are key returning starters for a Duke team that finished 27-7 overall and 13-3 overall for a second-place ACC finish in 2011-12. Curry returns as Duke's top scorer after averaging 13.2 points per game last season, while Plumlee returns as the team's leading rebounder with 9.2 rebounds per game to go with an average of 11.1 points per game.
Duke was one of seven schools with multiple players on the Wooden Award Watch List and one of two in the ACC, joining NC State which had two players. NC State and Duke were selected as the top two teams in the ACC in the preseason coaches poll and media poll.
The Blue Devils enter 2012-13 ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll, marking 94 consecutive AP polls that have featured Duke in the top 10. Curry, a 6-1 senior from Charlotte, N.C., scored in double figures 22 times last season, shooting 42.0 percent from the floor, 38.3 percent from three-point range and an ACC-leading 87.3 percent from the free throw line. Plumlee posted 12 double-doubles - the most of any returning player in the ACC this season - while scoring in double figures 20 times and hauling in 10 or more rebounds 16 times.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Candace Parker ('07 and '08), Kevin Durant ('09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut ('09 and '11). Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis won the men's Award in 2012.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award's name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.
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