DURHAM, N.C. - Seniors Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly along freshmen Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon were named to the All-ACC Academic Team on Thursday as announced by commissioner John Swofford. Duke's four selections were the most in the ACC and the most since Duke placed four members on the 1998 All-ACC Academic Team.
Plumlee and Kelly become the 10th and 11th players at Duke to earn All-ACC Academic Team honors three times in their careers. 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 tied for third in the league in scoring (17.0), second in rebounds (10.2) and field goal percentage (.585). Plumlee also had 16 double-doubles and 17 double figure rebounding games on the season.
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. The Raleigh, N.C., native is averaging 27.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game since returning to the Duke lineup prior to the Miami game. He is 9-of-16 (.563) from three-point range in the last two contests, including a 7-of-9 effort during his 36-point outburst in a March 2 win over No. 5 Miami.
Sulaimon, a Houston, Texas, native, has scored 10 or more points 19 times this season and is third among ACC freshmen in scoring (11.7). He currently ranks seventh in the Duke freshmen record books with 45 three-point field goals.
Jefferson is averaging 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds while starting seven times for the Blue Devils. He is second on the team with 41 offensive rebounds, while shooting 53.8 percent (50-of-93) from the field.
Duke led all schools with four selections, while Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech had two each. Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina and Wake Forest were each represented by one player.
The Duke foursome is joined on the team by Raphael Akpejiori (Miami), Christian Beyer (Virginia Tech), Chris Bolden (Georgia Tech), Tyler Cavanaugh (Wake Forest), Jarell Eddie (Virginia Tech), Marcus Georges-Hunt (Georgia Tech), Logan Aronhalt (Maryland), Marcus Paige (North Carolina), Joe Rahon (Boston College) and Jordan Roper (Clemson).
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