March 2, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) - Luke Loucks, a graduate student on the Florida State men's basketball team, has been named to the 2011-12 All-ACC Academic Men's Basketball Team by the league office. Loucks currently ranks fourth in the ACC with a career-high 4.0 assists per game average and has led the Seminoles to the precipice of earning their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.
It marks the third consecutive season Loucks has been named to the All-ACC Academic team.
A pair of four-time All-ACC Academic team selections - North Carolina's Tyler Zeller and Clemson's Tanner Smith - and Duke's Mason Plumlee, who along with Zeller, is a first team CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, headline the 12 member team which is made up of players from seven of the 12 ACC teams.
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.
Zeller was also chosen as the recipient of the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year award for men's basketball. The 7-foot senior from Washington, Ind., currently ranks third in the ACC in rebounding (9.3), fifth in scoring (16.2) and second in field goal percentage (.540).
Smith, a three-year starter for the Tigers, is second on the team in scoring (11.2) and assists (4.1), third in rebounds (5.2) and has 966 career points. In 28 starts for the fourth-ranked Blue Devils, Plumlee has 14 games with 10 or more rebounds and is second in the ACC in rebounding (9.4) and seventh in blocked shots (1.5). Clemson's Andre Young, the Tigers' leading scorer (13.2) and the ACC's current career leader in 3-point field goals with 231, and Plumlee each earned a spot on the All-Academic team for the second time in their respective careers.
Virginia Tech's Jarell Eddie is third on the team in scoring (9.5) and is shooting 45 per cent from 3-point range.
Clemson led all schools with four selections, while Duke and Georgia Tech had two each. Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest were each represented by one player.
2012 ACC All-Academic Team Devin Coleman, Fr. Clemson Parks, Recreation & Tourism Jarell Eddie So. Virginia Tech Psychology Anthony Fields Fr. Wake Forest Undeclared Mike Gbinije Fr. Duke Undeclared Nate Hicks So. Georgia Tech Management Luke Loucks Gr. Florida State Sport Management Pierre Jordan Gr. Georgia Tech Building Construction Mason Plumlee Jr. Duke Psychology & Cultural Anthropology T.J. Sapp Fr. Clemson Parks, Recreation & Tourism Tanner Smith Sr. Clemson Marketing Andre Young Sr. Clemson Health Science Tyler Zeller Sr. North Carolina Business Administration