DURHAM, N.C. - Duke senior Mason Plumlee was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and is now one of 10 players in the country vying for the award that honors student-athletes for excelling in four areas - community, classroom, character and competition.
Plumlee is the ACC's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer and a team captain for a Duke team that is currently ranked fourth in the nation with a 19-2 overall record and a 6-2 mark in ACC play. He has scored in double figures in 19 of Duke's 21 games while logging 12 double-doubles which ranks tied for the seventh-most in the country. A native of Warsaw, Ind., Plumlee is one of only 14 Division I players averaging a double-double, doing so with 17.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
Plumlee, an Academic All-America first team selection in 2012 and Capital One Academic All-District III selection this season, owns a 3.36 grade point average as a psychology major. He is actively involved in several community service efforts, including the Read with the Blue Devils program and the Emily Krzyzewski Center.
An acronym for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School," the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men's candidates and 30 women's candidates announced in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 25. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
The men's Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Final Four® in Atlanta April 6 and 8, while the women's winner will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four® in New Orleans April 7 and 9.