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Mason Plumlee

  • Full Name: Mason Plumlee
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 7-1 / 238
  • Birthdate: March 5, 1990
  • College: Duke
Brooklyn Nets Round 1: Pick 22
 

- 22nd Pick: Mason Plumlee
- Draft Interview: Mason Plumlee
- NBA Style: Mason Plumlee

Strengths
- Mobile and active
- Great leaper
- Competes
- Aggressive rebounder
- Good shot blocker
- Can make midrange jump shots
- Solid ball handler

Weaknesses
- Has to continue to get stronger
- How will he handle rugged NBA post players?

NBA projection
Some analysts think Plumlee will be a lottery pick, and others believe he’ll fall a bit below. Regardless, Plumlee will be a nice pickup for whatever team drafts him because he’s a hard worker who wants to improve, and he’s mobile and athletic. Plumlee might never become a star, but he’ll have a solid career for a decade or more.

2012-13 Season
Plumlee was a second-team All-American, won the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award and was a first-team academic All-American in his final season at Duke. He scored in double figures in 33 of the 36 games he played, including nine games of 20 or more points and two of 30 or more.

Key statistics
17.1 ppg | 10.0 rpg | 1.9 apg | 2.8 tpg | 1.0 spg | 1.4 bpg | 34.7 mpg | .599 FG | .681 FT

Cool statistic
Plumlee was just the second player to average a double-double in the Mike Krzyzewski era at Duke. He racked up 18 double-doubles on the season.

Reminds me of...
Kris Humphries

What Insiders Say
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
“He has always been a really good player; he is just a terrific player now. It is called maturity and learning the game. LeBron James is a better player now than he was seven years ago. If players want to get better, they get better. It is all on him to get better, and he has paid the price to get better.”

What Outsiders Say
Louisville coach Rick Pitino
“He’s very long. He's very skilled. He jumps;the whole family jumps extremely well. He's someone that understands the game real well. He hits his cutters the right way. He's a very good rebounder, very good outlet person. He runs the floor well.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.