GREENSBORO, N.C. – A pair of three-time All-ACC Academic team selections, Duke’s Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, headline the 2012-13 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Men’s Basketball team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.
Plumlee was recently 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) and became only the fourth player in Duke history to accomplish that feat in back-to-back seasons. The Warsaw, Ind., senior currently ranks fourth in the league in scoring (17.0), second in rebounds (10.2) and field goal percentage (.585).
Kelly, a three-year starter for the Blue Devils, has returned to the starting lineup after missing 13 games with an injury and is averaging 15.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game on the year while shooting an impressive .521 from 3-point range.
Georgia Tech’s Marcus Georges-Hunt has scored in double figures a team-high 17 times and is the only freshman in the ACC to currently lead his team in scoring (10.2). Teammate Chris Bolden is averaging 9.4 points per game in league play with 13 starts.
A pair of Duke freshmen, Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson, also earn positions on the league’s academic honor team. Sulaimon has 19 games with 10 or more points and is third among ACC freshmen in scoring (11.7) while Jefferson is averaging 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds while starting seven times.
Boston College’s Joe Rahon has scored in double figures 14 times and ranks fifth on the ACC freshmen scoring list with a 10.0 points per game average. Clemson’s Jordan Roper is fourth on the team in scoring in ACC games, averaging a solid 8.1 points per game while shooting nearly 40 percent from behind the arc.
Maryland’s Logan Aronhalt is averaging 6.2 points per game, including a 26-point effort against Boston College on Feb. 19, and is shooting .455 from behind the arc. North Carolina’s Marcus Paige leads all ACC freshmen in assists per game (4.5) and is seventh in the ACC in assists-to-turnover ratio (1:85:1).
On the academic team for a second-straight year, Virginia Tech’s Jarell Eddie is second on the team in scoring (12.0) and third in rebounding (5.7). Hokie teammate Christian Beyer is averaging 1.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 21 games.
Wake Forest’s Tyler Cavanaugh, one of six Deacon freshmen to average 11 minutes or more, is sixth on the team in scoring (5.2) and fifth in rebounds (2.4). Miami’s Raphael Akpejiori is averaging 0.7 points and 1.2 rebounds while seeing action in 15 games.
Duke leads all schools with four selections, while Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech have two each. Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina and Wake Forest are each represented by one player.
2013 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team
Raphael Akpejiori, Jr., Miami Lagos, Nigeria Mechanical Engineering
Christian Beyer, So., Virginia Tech New Bern, N.C. Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Chris Bolden, Fr., Georgia Tech Suwanee, Ga. Business Administration
Tyler Cavanaugh, Fr., Wake Forest Dewitt, N.Y. Undeclared
Jarell Eddie, Jr., Virginia Tech Charlotte, N.C. Psychology
Marcus Georges-Hunt, Fr., Georgia Tech College Park, Ga. Business Administration
Amile Jefferson, Fr., Duke Philadelphia, Pa. Undeclared
Ryan Kelly, Sr., Duke Raleigh, N.C. Public Policy Studies
Logan Aronhalt, Gr., Maryland Zanesville, Ohio Kinesiology
Marcus Paige, Fr., North Carolina Marion, Ind. Undeclared
Mason Plumlee, Sr., Duke Warsaw, Ind. Psychology
Joe Rahon, Fr., Boston College San Diego, Calif. Undeclared
Jordan Roper, Fr., Clemson Columbia, S.C. Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mgt.
Rasheed Sulaimon, Fr., Duke Houston, Texas Undeclared