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Feb. 23, 2012
North Carolina senior forward Tyler Zeller and Duke junior center Mason Plumlee have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Zeller, a 7-foot senior from Washington, Ind., has also been chosen as the recipient of the Academic All-America® of the Year award for men's basketball.
This is the sixth year in which multiple ACC players have occupied two or more spots on the five-man first team.
Zeller, a business administration major with a 3.62 G.P.A., is a repeat selection on the Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Basketball Division I first team. He is the first player in UNC history to earn first-team Academic All-America® distinction more than once, and he is the Tar Heels' active career scoring leader with 1,316 points.
Averaging 15.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game, he is on several watch lists for national Player of the Year distinction and has led the No. 7 Tar Heels to a 24-4 overall record and an 11-2 mark in the ACC. The Tar Heels will be tied with the winner of Thursday's Duke-Florida State game for the conference lead.
Zeller is the third ACC player to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year in men's basketball. He joins Shane Battier of Duke, honored in 2001, and Todd Fuller of NC State, the 1996 recipient.
Plumlee, a psychology and cultural anthropology major with a 3.44 G.P.A., is averaging 11.2 points a game for the fourth-ranked Blue Devils. His average of 9.7 rebounds per contest is good for second in the ACC, and the junior from Warsaw, Ind., is sixth in blocked shots in the league at 1.6 an outing.
The only player to start the first 27 games for the Blue Devils, Plumlee has led Duke to a 23-4 record entering Thursday's play at FSU. He has collected 10 or more rebounds in six of the Devils' past eight games and has not fouled out of a game all season while playing 30 minutes a night.