DURHAM, N.C. - Senior Mason Plumlee was named a second
team All-America by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) as
announced by the organization Monday. Plumlee, honored as the USBWA District
III Player of the Year last week, is averaging 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds
per game heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Plumlee has recorded 17 double-doubles this season and is
one of 15 players in the NCAA averaging a double-double for the year. The
Warsaw, Ind., native became the 31st player in ACC history to accumulate 1,000
points and 1,000 rebounds in a career and enters the NCAA Tournament tied for
24th in league history with 1,053 career rebounds. Plumlee has scored in
double figures a team-high 29 times with eight 20-or-more-point outings and a
pair of 30-or-more-point efforts.
"I felt like I was put in a good position this year to earn
some individual accolades, and it was such a great season in college
basketball, to be recognized as one of the top players means a lot," Plumlee
Michigan guard Trey Burke was named the USBWA National
Player of the Year, while Miami's Jim Larranaga claimed Coach of the Year
honors. Burke is joined on the first team by Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Doug
McDermott (Creighton), Otto Porter (Georgetown) and Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga).
Plumlee, the leading vote getter on the second team, is
joined on the squad by Cody Zeller (Indiana), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Marcus
Smart (Oklahoma State) and Jeff Withey (Kansas). Smart was also named National
Freshman of the Year by the USBWA.
The 6-10 Plumlee becomes Duke's 63rd All-America honoree.
Krzyzewski has now had 36 All-America selections (1st, 2nd or 3rd team - AP,
NABC, Sporting News, UPI, USBWA), tops among active coaches. Seth Curry was
named a second team Sporting News All-America early this season.
With Plumlee and Curry's accolades this season, Duke has
had at least one All-America selection in six consecutive seasons and in 14 of
the past 15 years.
USBWA All-America Team
Trey Burke, Michigan
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
Otto Porter, Georgetown
Ben McLemore, Kansas
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Jeff Withey, Kansas
Cody Zeller, Indiana
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