Mar 9, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Mason Plumlee (5) and guard Tyler Thornton (3) walk off the floor after the game. The Blue Devils defeated the Tar Heels 69-53 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Basketball: Mason Plumlee Receives USBWA All-America Honors

The postseason accolades keep pouring in for Mason Plumlee, as Duke’s star power-forward was named to the United States Basketball Writers Association’s second team All-American squad. 

A front-runner for National Player of the Year for a large portion of the season, Plumlee saw his production take a slight dip in ACC play, but the senior has still managed to average 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game while posting a 26.4 PER and 7.6 WS during his spectacular 2012-2013 campaign.

Beating out Plumlee for the first team spots are Georgetown’s Otto Porter, who was nearly identical to Plumlee (in terms of value), and Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk, who’s value (37.2 PER, 8.6 WS) this season was off the charts.

Plumlee was the second team’s leading vote-getter, and I’d imagine the distance between he and Porter, in terms of votes, was very slim. Honestly, the voters probably could’ve swapped out Porter, who posted a 28.0 PER and 7.2 WS, with Plumlee and no one would’ve noticed or particularly cared.

Joining Plumlee on the second-team squad was Indiana F Cody Zeller, who, ironically enough, was believed to be Plumlee’s main competition for NPOY in the earlier stages of the season, freshman sharp-shooter Ben McLemore and senior center Jeff Withey, both of Kansas, and Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart.

Complete List:

USBWA All-America Team

First Team
G-Trey Burke, Michigan
G-Doug McDermott, Creighton
F-Victor Oladipo, Indiana
F-Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
F-Otto Porter, Georgetown

Second Team
G-Ben McLemore, Kansas
F-Mason Plumlee, Duke
G-Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
C-Jeff Withey, Kansas
F-Cody Zeller, Indiana

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