- Psychology & Cultural Anthropology
For the second straight year, Plumlee was named to the Academic All-America first team, becoming the fourth player in Duke basketball history to earn multiple first team honors. Additionally, he was named the winner of the ACC’s Skip Prosser Award, an honor that goes to the top basketball student-athlete in the league. Also a three-time Academic All-ACC selection, Plumlee owns a 3.37 grade point average as a psychology major. He is just the 11th player in Duke basketball history to appear on the All-ACC Academic Basketball Team three times.
Plumlee has emerged as a team leader throughout his four years at Duke and was selected by his teammates as a team captain for the 2012-13 season. That decision by his teammates came after Plumlee decided to postpone his professional basketball career and return to Duke for his senior season. He is also involved in several community outreach programs, using his status as a Duke basketball player to encourage children to read and stay in school.
Plumlee takes part in several community outreach programs, including the Read with the Blue Devils program and the Emily K Center. Read with the Blue Devils is an award-winning program intended to aid area teachers by providing reading incentives for third and fourth graders in Durham. Duke student-athletes visit local elementary schools and read books to the children while also discussing the importance of academics. The Emily K Center is a non-profit organization designed to inspire students to dream big, act with character and purpose, and reach their potential as leaders in their community.
Plumlee carried Duke to a 27-4 overall record during the regular season and a 14-4 mark in ACC play while ranking second in the league in points per game, rebounds per game and field goal percentage. His 17 double-doubles led the ACC, as did his 18 double-figure rebounding games. The league’s media gave Plumlee the most All-ACC first team votes of any ACC player, placing him on the All-ACC team for the second straight year. He was also named to the USBWA All-District III Team for the second straight year.