CHAPEL HILL - Record-setting point guard Kendall Marshall and ACC Player of the Year Tyler Zeller received co-Most Valuable Player honors at the University of North Carolina men's basketball team's 2012 awards ceremony Thursday evening.
Marshall, a sophomore from Dumfries, Va., set an Atlantic Coast Conference record with 351 assists, the fourth-highest total in NCAA history. Zeller, a senior from Washington, Ind., averaged 16.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game and led the Tar Heels in field goal percentage at .553.
Zeller also shared the team's top defensive honor with junior forward John Henson. Zeller was named Carolina's defensive player of the game a team-high 12 times and led the squad with 26drawn charges. Henson led the ACC in blocked shots with 101, the third-highest single-season figure in school history.
Zeller and fellow senior Justin Watts were voted permanent co-captains. Other award winners included James Michael McAdoo, who was voted the most improved player and the freshman who best exemplified determination, sportsmanship and sacrifice for the team (the Butch Bennett Award). Watts was voted the team's most inspirational player.
2012 UNC Basketball Award Winners
Most Valuable Players: Kendall Marshall, Tyler Zeller
Mary Francis Award (Highest Field Goal Percentage): Tyler Zeller
Martha Jordan Award, Highest Free Throw Percentage: P.J. Hairston
Foy Roberson Award (Most Inspirational): Justin Watts
John Lotz Award (Most Assists): Kendall Marshall
Oscar Vatz Award (Best Rebounder): John Henson
Butch Bennett Award: James Michael McAdoo
Jimmie Dempsey Award (Most Improved): James Michael McAdoo
Team Captains: Justin Watts, Tyler Zeller
SeniorAwards: Stewart Cooper, Patrick Crouch, David Dupont, Justin Watts, Tyler Zeller
Athletic Director's Burgess McSwain Scholar-Athlete Award: Tyler Zeller