GREENSBORO, N.C.—North Carolina's Tyler Zeller is the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year, and Florida State's Leonard Hamilton has won the coach of the year award for the second time in four years.
The University of Virgin'as Mike Scott finished second in the Player of the Year voting.
The league on Tuesday also announced that Duke's Austin Rivers was a unanimous choice for freshman of the year and North Carolina's John Henson is the defensive player of the year for the second straight year.
The winners were determined by a vote of 62 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Zeller received 45 votes to 14 for Virginia's Mike Scott. Hamilton had 21 votes for the coaching award -- one more than Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. Henson received 56 votes for the defensive honor.
Here is the voting breakdown:
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina (45 votes)
Mike Scott, Virginia (14)
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina (2)
John Henson, North Carolina (1)
Here is the news release from the ACC:
North Carolina forward Tyler Zeller, who delivered his best performances against the Tar Heels’ toughest ACC competition, is the conference’s Player of the Year for 2012. The 7-foot post player from Washington, Ind., was named on 45 of 62 ballots in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and is the 13th Tar Heel to earn the honor.
Zeller is the first UNC senior to be named Player of the Year since Phil Ford in 1978, but his selection means an ACC senior has claimed the past three awards and five of the past seven. His predecessors in academic standing have been Duke’s J.J. Redick (2006), Jared Dudley of Boston College (2007), Greivis Vasquez of Maryland in 2010 and Duke’s Nolan Smith last year.
Zeller enters this week’s ACC Tournament averaging 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds a game for North Carolina, which he helped to the league’s outright regular-season championship with a 14-2 record. In five contests against Duke, Florida State and Virginia, the second, third and fourth seeds in the tournament, he delivered 20.2 points and 10 boards. He concluded that run with 19 points and 10 rebounds while making 9-of-11 shots from the floor in this past Saturday’s 88-70 win at Duke.
All told, Zeller has produced double-doubles in seven conference games. He has collected eight or more rebounds 12 times and has contributed 14 or more points on 11 occasions in ACC play.
He outdistanced Virginia forward Mike Scott, named by 14 electors. Two UNC teammates, Harrison Barnes and John Henson, received the other votes.
Zeller’s citation is the 14th by UNC players. Larry Miller won Player of the Year in 1967 and 1968.