Senior forward Tyler Zeller of the University of North Carolina and junior forward Elena Delle Donne of the University of Delaware headlined the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Teams, as the winners of the Academic All-America® of the Year award for the men's and women's basketball, respectively.
Glory Johnson, who graduated in three years with a degree in Interdisciplinary Global Studies with a 3.6 GPA, is pursuing her master's degree in Communication and Information Studies. The 6'3 post was named to the 2011 All-America Second Team last year.
"It is such and honor to represent the University of Tennessee this way," Johnson said.
"Working hard in the classroom has really paid off. I'm definitely glad to be one of the five women selected to receive such a unique honor.
"When I was young, my parents emphasized performing in the classroom and on the court. To have school paid for is a blessing to begin with, so it was important to me to utilize my time as best I could to be on track for both my undergrad and grad degrees."
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., she is averaging 13.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while leading the Lady Vols to a 20-7 record and a share of first place in the Southeastern Conference. A member of the Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch list, she was selected to the 2011-12 preseason All-SEC first team. Last season, Johnson received All-SEC first team honors.
Johnson is the fifth Lady Vol to capture Academic All-America honors twice, joining Angie Bjorklund (second team 2011, first team 2010), Candace Parker (first team 2008, second team 2007), Tanya Haave (first team 1984, second team 1983) and Jill Rankin (first team 1980, second team 1979).
Additionally, Parker and Rankin were each named the Academic All-American of the Year in 2008 and 1980, respectively.
Della Donne, an early childhood education major with a 3.60 grade point average, has led Delaware to the best season in school history. The Wilmington, Del. native has led the No. 9 Blue Hens to a 24-1 record and their first-ever national ranking. A two-time All-American who averages 28.1 points per game, she is the leading scorer in NCAA Division I.
A three-time Capital One Academic All-America® Women's Basketball honoree, graduate student Amanda Johnson of Oregon joins Delle Donne on the first team. A graduate student who is pursuing her Master's degree in counseling psychology and human services, she has a 3.97 G.P.A. Johnson was a first team selection last season and earned second team honors in 2010.
Senior guard Roxana Button of Houston, junior guard Caroline Durbin of New Mexico and Johnson of Tennessee round out the Capital One Academic All-America® Women's Basketball Division I first team.
A psychology major with a 3.87 G.P.A, Button averages 17.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for Houston. The leading scorer in Conference USA, she has played in all 118 games during her career and ranks second in school history in three-point percentage (35.8). Button has scored in double figures in 22 of 25 games this season and 52 times in her career. A native of Coppell, Tex., she graduated in December and plans to attend medical school.
A business major with a 4.16 G.P.A., Durbin is averaging 15.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for New Mexico. She leads the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goal percentage (51.8) and ranks second in scoring. The Austin, Tex. native is also third in the conference in field goal percentage (47.5) and fourth in minutes played (34.1).
The five members of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Women's Basketball Division I first team have an amazing average GPA of 3.84.
Joining Zeller on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball first team are sophomore guard Aaron Craft of Ohio State, junior guard Matthew Dellavedova of Saint Mary's College (Cal.), senior guard Brad Loesing of Wofford and junior forward Mason Plumlee of Duke.