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Five Blue Devils Earn ACC Accolades
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/11/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. - Five Duke players earned All-ACC accolades, including senior Mason Plumlee who earned All-ACC first team honors, as announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Joining Plumlee on the All-ACC team were second team selection Seth Curry, third team selection Quinn Cook and honorable mention selection Ryan Kelly. Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon also received All-ACC Freshman Team honors.

Plumlee led all ACC players with 73 first-team votes. Joining Plumlee on the All-ACC first team were Virginia Tech's Erick Green, Miami's Shane Larkin, Virginia's Joe Harris and N.C. State's Richard Howell. Green and Larkin both received 72 first-team votes.

Duke (27-4, 14-4 ACC) has now had a first team All-ACC selection in six straight seasons and three or more All-ACC picks 25 times, including 18 times under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Sulaimon is the 17th Duke rookie to earn All-ACC Freshmen team accolades

A finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, Plumlee finished the regular season ranked second in the league in, scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage, averaging 17.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while shooting .589 from the floor. His 17 double-doubles were a league high, as were his 18 games with 10 or more rebounds.

Curry ranks among the ACC leaders in points per game (3rd, 17.1 ppg.), three-point percentage (3rd, .435), made three-pointers per game (2nd, 2.7) and free throw percentage (5th, .810). He leads Duke with 16 20-point games, 11 of which have come in ACC play.

Under Cook, Duke is the top scoring offense in the ACC with 78.4 points per game, a scoring margin of 13.6 points per game and five players averaging double-figure scoring. Cook averages 12.5 points and 5.3 assists per game, ranking second in the league in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3:1). He also ranks fourth in the ACC with 1.5 steals per game.

Kelly missed 13 games from Jan. 12 to Feb. 28 with a foot injury but has averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game since returning on March 2 against Miami. On the season, Kelly averages 14.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and has led Duke to a perfect 18-0 record when in the lineup. Kelly is shooting 53.1 percent (34-of-64) from three-point range this season and 49.4 percent (83-of-168) from the floor.

Sulaimon is the third-leading freshman scorer in the ACC with 11.4 points per game and leads all ACC freshmen with 45 made three-pointers. He has scored in double figures 19 times while starting 29 of Duke's 31 games. His 45 made three-pointers are the seventh most by a freshman in school history.

Duke earned the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament and will begin pursuit of its 20th ACC Championship Friday in the quarterfinal game against the winner of seventh-seeded Maryland and 10th-seeded Wake Forest. The game tips off at 7 p.m. at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., on ESPN2.


First Team
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Shane Larkin, Miami
Joe Harris, Virginia
Richard Howell, N.C. State

Second Team
Seth Curry, Duke
Kenny Kadji, Miami
Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State
Reggie Bullock, North Carolina
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina

Third Team
Michael Snaer, Florida State
C.J. Leslie, N.C. State
Ryan Anderson, Boston College
Quinn Cook, Duke
Devin Booker, Clemson
Akil Mitchell, Virginia

Honorable Mention
Durand Scott, Miami
P.J. Hairston, North Carolina
C.J. Harris, Wake Forest
Travis McKie, Wake Forest
Ryan Kelly, Duke
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College
Alex Lin, Maryland

All-ACC Freshman Team
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College
Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke
T.J. Warren, N.C. State
Devin Thomas, Wake Forest
Marcus Paige, North Carolina

ACC All-Defensive Team
Shane Larkin, Miami
Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech
Durand Scott, Miami
Alex Len, Maryland
Jontel Harris, Virginia