February 21 2013
Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, Ohio State's Aaron Craft top Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Basketball Teams
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TOWSON, Md. – Senior forward Elena Delle Donne of Delaware
and junior guard Aaron Craft of Ohio State
lead the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Delle Donne and Craft have been chosen as the winners of the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year award for Division I women’s and men’s basketball, respectively.
is only the fourth scholar-athlete to win the Academic All-America® of the Year for women’s basketball in back-to-back years.
Delle Donne joins Maya Moore of Connecticut (2010-11, 2009-10), Karen Jennings of Nebraska (1992-93, 1991-92) and Michelle Flamoe of Oregon State (1988-89, 1987-88) as the only scholar-athletes to be named as Women’s Basketball Team Member of the Year in consecutive seasons.
A human services major with a 3.62 G.P.A., Delle Donne has led No. 18 Delaware to a 23-3 overall record and a 14-0 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) mark. The Blue Hens are in the midst of an 18-game winning streak and have won 33 straight CAA regular season contests, the third longest streak in the NCAA.
With 2,758 points, Delle Donne is the CAA’s all-time scoring leader and ranks 20th in NCAA Division I history. A three-time All-American, she owns CAA records for field goals made (932) and free throws made (702) and free throw attempts (773). She has been named as the CAA Player of the Year twice.
Delle Donne, who missed six games this season due to symptoms of Lyme Disease, is second in the nation in scoring with a 25.0 average. She is also seventh in the nation in free throw percentage with a .913 mark. A native of Wilmington, Del., she ranks 25th in the nation with 2.3 blocked shots per game and her .497 field goal percentage is good for 50th nationally. Delle Donne also averages 8.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Earlier this season, she connected on 41 consecutive free throw attempts, the second longest streak in school history.
Honored as the CAA Player of the Week six times this season, Delle Donne was the espnW National Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness High-Major Player of the Week on Feb. 4. A finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, she is also on the Wade Watch List, the Naismith Watch List and is a John R. Wooden Award Top 20 honoree.
Delle Donne owns 15 of the top 16 scoring games in UD history. She has also scored 20-or-more points in 86 games and has topped the 30-point mark 33 times. Delle Donne has 42 career double-doubles.
A nutrition (pre-med) major with a 3.92 G.P.A., Craft
has led No. 18 Ohio State to a19-7 record this year. One of 12 finalists for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard, he has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Basketball first team two years in a row. A native of Findlay, Ohio, he received the NCAA Elite 89 Award for the highest G.P.A. at the 2012 NCAA Final Four.
Named as the 2012 Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Craft is the Buckeyes’ career leader in steals and ranks eighth all-time in the Big Ten. He is averaging 9.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Craft owns the Ohio State record with 15 assists in a game. He also set a school record with 98 steals in a season.
Last year, Craft averaged 8.8 points and 4.6 assists per game while leading the Buckeyes to a 31-8 record and the Final Four.
Craft was named to the 2013 Wooden and Naismith Preseason Top 50 teams this year. The 2011 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, he was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams.
Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women's Basketball Teams
Senior guard Marissa Kastanek of North Carolina State
joins Delle Donne on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s Basketball first team after earning second team notice last year. Senior forward Brandi Brown of Youngstown State, graduate student Jacqui Kalin of Northern Iowa
and junior forward Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford
round out the Capital One Academic All-America® Women’s Basketball Division I first team.
The five members of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Women’s Basketball Division I first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.76.
A senior psychology major with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A., Kastanek
was a pre-season All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. A native of Lincoln, Neb., she was the 2012 ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year. As a senior, she is averaging 13.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting .399 from three-point range, fifth in the ACC. She has led the Wolfpack to a 13-13 record. She ranks 15th all-time in ACC history with 228 career three-pointers. The tenth-leading scorer in school history, Kastanek ranks third all-time at NC State in three-pointers made.
A communications studies major with a 3.75 G.P.A., Brown
is the second-leading scorer in Youngstown State history with 1,861 points. The Pomona, Cal. native is averaging 19.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. She is the 22nd-leading scorer in the nation and ranks 11th in rebounding. A two-time All-Horizon League second team selection, she has led the Penguins to a 17-6 record this season, including a 7-3 in league play. She already owns Youngstown State career records for games started, free throws made and free throws attempted. She is only 40 rebounds shy of the rebounding record. A two-time Academic All-Horizon League honoree, Brown is only the second player in league history with at least 1,800 points and 1,100 rebounds.
A graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in kinesiology and sports psychology, Kalin
has a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. at Northern Iowa. The Missouri Valley Conference scoring leader, she is averaging 19.5 points per game and ranks third in the nation with a .943 free throw percentage. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Kalin has led Northern Iowa to a 12-12 record. The all-time scoring leader in Northern Iowa history with 1,866 points, Kalin is a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference first team pick. A five-time MVC Player of the Week this year, Kalin has scored 1,886 points in her career. She also ranks second with 436 career assists.
A junior international relations major with a 3.41 G.P.A., Ogwumike
was a consensus pre-season All-American and a National Player of the Year candidate. A native of Cypress, Texas, she has led No. 4 Stanford to a 24-2 record. Ogwumike ranks third nationally in scoring (22.7) and has 20 double-doubles. She is also the sixth-leading rebounder in the nation with a 12.3 average and she ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.584). A two-time All-Pacific-12 first team selection, she was the inaugural espnW National Player of the Week on Nov. 19 and the USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week on Jan. 29. An eight-time Pac-12 Player of the Week, Ogwumike was a WBCA All-American and a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year. She was an Associated Press second team All-American and the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
North Carolina State was the only school with more than one member on the three Capital One Academic All-America® Women’s Basketball Division I teams. Kody Burke was named to the third team while Kastanek was a first-team selection.
The Capital One Academic All-America® Women’s Basketball Division I second team
is comprised of senior Caroline Durbin of New Mexico, senior Ashley Eide of South Dakota State, junior Sarah Hansen of Florida Gulf Coast, junior Amanda Hyde of IPFW, junior Rachel Tecca of Akron
and junior Alli Williams of Saint Francis (Pa.)
Senior Paige Frauendorfer of Nebraska-Omaha, senior Rachel Semansky of Montana State
, and senior Chaundra Sewell of Wyoming
joined Burke on the Capital One Academic All-America® Women’s Basketball third team
Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball Teams
Senior forward Mason Plumlee of Duke
joins Craft as the only repeat first team selections on the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Basketball first team. Senior guard Matthew Sullivan of Brown
, a third team honoree last year, joins Plumlee and Craft as first team selections. Junior forward Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga
and sophomore center Cody Zeller of Indiana
round out the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Basketball first team.
The five members of the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s Basketball Division I first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.65.
A psychology major with a 3.36 G.P.A., Plumlee
has led No. 6 Duke to a 22-3 record and a 9-3 conference mark while averaging 17.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. The leading scorer for the Blue Devils, he is the second-leading scorer and rebounder in the Atlantic Coast Conference. One of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, the Warsaw, Ind. native was named third team All-ACC as a junior. Plumlee is the ACC’s leading rebounder and the second-leading scorer for a Duke team that is 22-3 and ranked No. 6 nationally. He ranks eighth nationally with 14 double-doubles He led Duke to a 27-7 record last season.
An economics major with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A., Sullivan
is averaging 14.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for Brown. A native of Wilmette, Ill., Sullivan leads Brown in scoring. A two-year team captain, he has led Brown to a 9-13 record and a 3-5 mark in the Ivy League. He has connected on 157 career three-pointers, seventh best in Brown basketball history. Sullivan, who has started in 86 of 111 career games played, is chasing 1,000 career points. He needs 46 points with with six games to play.
An accounting major with a 3.53 G.P.A., Olynyk
has led No. 3 Gonzaga to a 25-2 record and first place in the West Coast Conference with a 12-0 mark. A native of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, he is averaging a team high 18.0 points per game with a 6.9 rebounding average. He has scored more than 30 points in a game twice this season. He has been the WCC Player of the Month twice and earned WCC Player of Week twice. Olynyk was a member of the Canadian National Team that competed in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.
A business major with a 3.44 G.P.A., Zeller
is the lone sophomore on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Basketball first team. He entered the season as a consensus Preseason Player of the Year and All-American for Indiana University. A native of Washington, Ind., he is averaging 16.6 points and 8.2 rebounds for the No. 1-ranked Hoosiers who are 21-3 overall and lead the Big Ten with a 12-2 record. He ranks ninth nationally with a .598 field goal percentage and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in his career with a 17-point effort at Michigan State. The 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Zeller is a candidate for the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and the Oscar Robertson Award. The younger brother of Tyler Zeller, the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year, Zeller is studying at Indiana University’s prestigious Kelley School of Business.
Senior Matthew Dellavedova of Saint Mary’s (Cal.)
heads up the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Basketball second team. Dellavedova was a first team selection last season. Joining him on the second team are seniors Ben Averkamp of Loyola University Chicago, Nathan Healy of Appalachian State University, Peyton Siva of Louisville
and Andrew Smith of Butler University.
A trio of graduate students, Jordan Hulls of Indiana, Marc Trasolini of Santa Clara and Mathias Ward of Montana
, highlight the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Basketball third team. Seniors Mike Muscala of Bucknell
and Darren White of Campbell
round out the third team.
Indiana was the only school with more than one member on the three Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s Basketball Division I teams. Zeller was named to the first team while Hulls earned third team notice.
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About the Capital One Academic All-America® Program
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
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