CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia forward Ben Vander Plas was named the men’s basketball Division I CSC Academic All-America®Team Member of the Year, announced Tuesday (March 14) by College Sports Communicators.
Vander Plas earned the prestigious honor for the second consecutive year after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall semester at UVA. Vander Plas, who was named the CoSIDA Division I Men’s Basketball Academic All-America®Team Member of the Year in 2021-22, is a graduate transfer enrolled in the professional learning program at Virginia. He earned his undergraduate degree in communications studies and master’s degrees in sports administration and management from Ohio University.
Vander Plas, who is out for the remainder of the season with a fractured right hand, averaged 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 29 games. He scored a season-high 20 points at Miami and collected a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds at Louisville. The graduate transfer from Ohio University finishes his five-year collegiate career with 1,787 points, 892 rebounds and 242 3-pointers.