DURHAM, N.C. – Senior forward Mason Plumlee was named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men’s Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Plumlee garnered first team accolades to become the fourth player in Duke history to accomplish that task in back-to-back seasons.
Plumlee is the 11th Blue Devil to earn Academic All-America recognition (18 honors). Coach K has now mentored eight Academic All-America honorees, including four first-team selections. Mike Gminski (1978 and 1979), Jim Spanarkel (1978 and 1979) and Shane Battier (2000 and 2001) join Plumlee as Duke's two-time first-team Academic All-America selections.
In addition to Plumlee on the first team are Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga), Matthew Sullivan (Brown) and Cody Zeller (Indiana). Craft, a nutrition (pre-med) major, was chosen as the winner of the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award. Plumlee and Craft were the only repeat first-team selections, while Sullivan was a third-team selection a year ago.
A psychology major with a 3.36 grade point average, Plumlee has led No. 6 Duke to a 22-3 record while averaging 17.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He ranks second in the ACC in scoring, rebounds and field goal percentage (.595), while also ranking fifth in blocks (1.6 bpg.) and minutes (34.4 mpg.). Plumlee, one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, has scored 20 or more points seven times this season with a pair of 30+ point efforts. The Warsaw, Ind., native is also tied for eighth nationally with 14 double-doubles on the year.
The five members of the Academic All-America first team have an average GPA of 3.65.
Senior Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary’s) heads up the Academic All-America second team. Dellavedova was a first team selection last season. Joining him on the second team are seniors Ben Averkamp (Loyola Ill.), Nathan Healy (Appalachian State), Peyton Siva (Louisville) and Andrew Smith (Butler) .
A trio of graduate students, Jordan Hulls (Indiana), Marc Trasolini (Santa Clara) and Mathias Ward (Montana), highlight the Academic All-America third team. Seniors Mike Muscala (Bucknell) and Darren White (Campbell) round out the third team.
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To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga Mason Plumlee, Duke
Matthew Sullivan, Brown
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Ben Averkamp, Loyola (Ill.)
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's (Cal.)
Nathan Healy, Appalachian StatE
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Andrew Smith, Butler
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Mike Muscala, Bucknell
Marc Trasolini, Santa Clara
Mathias Ward, Montana
Darren White, Campbell
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