CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina forward Tyler Zeller earlier today became the 13th player in school history to be named ACC Player of the Year. He’ll enter the ACC tournament averaging 16.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the No. 4 Tar Heels.
Zeller leads UNC in field goal percentage (.549), is second in scoring, rebounding, free throw percentage (.803) and blocks (44). In ACC play, he averaged 18.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Overall, he has finished 11 games with double-digit performances in points and rebounds, and Zeller’s 11 double-doubles are second-most in the ACC behind UNC junior forward John Henson.
And oh, yes: Zeller was also recently named the academic all-American of the year for men’s basketball by the College Sports Information Directors of America. UNC earlier today released a statement with Zeller’s reaction to being named ACC Player of the Year.
Here’s what he said: