CHAPEL HILL - Tyler Zeller, a 2012 University of North Carolina graduate and recent first-round NBA Draft pick, was named this week to the 2011-12 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, the NABC has announced.
To qualify for the Honors Court, a player must be academically a junior or senior with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year.
Zeller was the 2011-12 national Academic All-America of the Year for men's basketball and earned first-team Academic All-America honors in each of his final two seasons as a Tar Heel. He also won the Atlantic Coast Conference's Skip Prosser Award in both 2011 and 2012, recognizing him as the conference's top basketball scholar-athlete in each of the last two seasons.
He also was a first-team All-America on the court as well, earning the honor from the John Wooden Team in 2012, as well as second-team honors from the Associated Press, the NABC, the USBWA and The Sporting News. He was the 2012 ACC Player of the Year and a first-team All-ACC choice. His number 44 jersey will be honored in the rafters of the Dean Smith Center as a result of his achievements on the court.
Zeller was the 17th overall pick of the first round by the Dallas Mavericks in last month's NBA Draft before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on draft night. He earned his diploma in business administration in May from UNC.