Zeller named top student-athlete in ACC hoops

North Carolina's Tyler Zeller (44) shoots over Clemson's Tanner Smith during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. North Carolina won 74-52. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

March 9, 2012 5:11:21 PM PST
Before the Heels took the court Friday in the ACC Tournament, senior Tyler Zeller was honored for his hard work off the court.

The forward was given the 2012 Skip Prosser Award, an honor reserved for the top scholar-athlete in men's basketball.

In order to receive a nomination for the award, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman with a grade point average of 3.0 or better -- both in his career and in the previous two semesters. The award is based on 60 percent academic achievement and 40 percent athletic accomplishments.

Earlier this month, Zeller was chosen as the College of Sports Information Directors of America's Academic All-America of the Year for men's basketball. He is also a four-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team and has earned Academic All-America honors for the past two years.

In addition to reigning in academic honors, Zeller earned 2012 ACC Player of the Year honors, while leading his team to an ACC regular season championship.

Since the award's inception in 2007,Clemson guard Cliff Hammonds (2008), Miami guard Jack McClinton (2009) and Virginia center Jerome Meyinsse (2010) have all earned the honor. Zeller was the Prosser recipient in 2011.

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