Mason Plumlee

Mason Plumlee
Mason Plumlee
College Duke
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Sport Basketball
Position Forward
Jersey # 5
Class Junior
Height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Nationality American
Born March 5, 1990 (1990-03-05) (age 21)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
High school Christ School,
Arden, North Carolina
Career highlights
High School
  • 2x All-State (North Carolina)
  • 2008 FIBA U18 silver medalist
  • 2009 McDonald's All-American
  • 2009 Michael Jordan All-American
  • 2009 Parade All-American (3rd team)
  • 2009 Slam All-American (3rd team)
  • 2009 North Carolina Mr. Basketball
High School
  • 3x North Carolina State Championships (NCISAA, 2007–09)
High School
Medal record
Men’s basketball
Competitor for  United States
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Silver 2008 Formosa Team competition

Mason Alexander Plumlee (born March 5, 1990, in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a 6 feet 10 inches (208 cm) forward for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team.[1][2] As a freshman in 2009–10, he was a back-up forward for Duke's national champion 2010 team. He was a 2009 McDonald's All-American in high school.[3] He plays alongside his 6 feet 10 inches (208 cm) older brother Miles for Duke. Their 7 feet 0 inches (213 cm) younger brother, Marshall, played basketball for their high school alma mater and now plays for the Duke Blue Devils.



Mason Plumlee grew up with brothers Miles (a 6 feet 10 inches (208 cm) forward/center who plays alongside him at Duke) and Marshall (a 7 feet 0 inches (213 cm) center at Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, and one of the top-rated high school juniors in the U.S. who will also be going to Duke) and sister Madeleine.[4][5] He and his older brother Miles are the sixth pair of brothers to play at Duke at the same time.[6]

His parents are Perky (a former Tennessee Tech basketball player) and Leslie (née Schultz) Plumlee (a former Purdue women's basketball player who set the school single-game rebound record with 25).[7][8][9] The two met at a basketball camp during the summer of 1979.[10] His grandfather Albert "Bud" Schultz played basketball at Michigan Tech (1944), his uncle William Schultz played basketball at Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1971–72), and his uncle Chad Schultz played basketball at Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1983–86).[6]

"Through the years, I've watched a lot of basketball," said their then-83-year-old grandfather before they played in the 2010 NCAA Championships.[11]

High school

In high school at Christ School, he helped lead the team to three state championships and a record of 99–8 over his last three years, and he earned a silver medal with the 2008 USA U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship.[12] He was named a 2009 McDonald’s All-American as a senior after he averaged 15.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.5 blocks per game for the year, a Jordan Brand All-American, and a third team Parade All-American and Slam All-American.[12] He was also named 2009 North Carolina Mr. Basketball by the Charlotte Observer, and was twice an All-State pick.[12] In addition, he competed in the high jump in track and field, with an individual best jump of 6’ 8”.[12]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Mason Plumlee
Warsaw, IN Christ School (NC) 6 ft 10.5 in (209.6 cm) 207.5 lb (94.1 kg) Feb 27,
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 98
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6 (PF)   Rivals: 55, 14 (PF)  ESPN: 10, 2 (C)
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Plumlee playing for Duke against Miami in February 2011

His brother Miles had originally committed to play at Stanford University, but chose to follow him to Duke after Stanford coach Trent Johnson left for LSU. Mason was elated, as they had been in boarding school together, and never really spent much time apart.[13]

He missed the first six games of the 2009–10 season with a broken left wrist.[14][14][15] He and Miles usually rotate into games together, replacing Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas, and are often the first two players off the bench.[13][7] Teammate Nolan Smith said: "He's an athlete. He can run and jump with the best of them in the country."[16]

Through April 4, 2010, Mason was tied for first on the team in blocks, with 30, and second on the team with 21 dunks.[17][5] In an average 14.1 minutes of play per game during the 2009–10 season, he averaged 3.1 rebounds and .9 blocks.[18]

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said: "Mason has got a chance to be really, really good. He has skills of a guard and the body of a big man, and a great basketball mind. He’s very competitive, he likes the stage, and he’s comfortable with the ball."[19]

It is anticipated that in 2010–11 the two brothers will both be in Duke's starting lineup.[20] Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt views Mason as Duke's best pro prospect.[21] Told in early April 2010 that some scouting services view him as the team's best pro prospect, Plumlee said: "I have seen that. I don't even really know what to say to those people. I mean, let's be real. I'm trying to play the best I can, but in reality nobody goes from the bench to the NBA. Come on."[22]

Mason has started 11 of the teams 13 games in the 2010–2011 season, 3 of which he recorded double doubles in points and rebounds. For the season, he is averaging 7.5 points, 8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game to help man the paint for the defending champion Blue Devils.

See also

  • 2009–10 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team


  1. ^ "Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Duke Blue Devils – Recap – January 17, 2010". ESPN. January 17, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Duke's Mason Plumlee out indefinitely with broken wrist". Usatoday.Com. November 12, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ Lawlor, Christopher (September 23, 2009). "Plumlee finding way on the court". ESPN. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Marshall Plumlee, the younger brother of Miles and Mason, is finding his own way on the court – ESPN". September 23, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Armstrong, Kevin (April 2, 2010). "After Detour, Duke’s Plumlee Brothers Arrive at Final Four". Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Miles Plumlee Bio – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". September 1, 1988. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Duke has brotherhood with Boilers | The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind". Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Plumlees Relish Chance to Play Together – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Duke prospect Plumlee a big player with small-player skills | Lynchburg News Advance". May 28, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Playing Purdue an emotional matchup for Plumlee family | | Journal and Courier". March 26, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2010. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Neenah family has close ties to Duke's Final Four basketball team | | Appleton Post-Crescent". March 31, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2010. [dead link]
  12. ^ a b c d "Mason Plumlee Bio – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". March 5, 1990. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Sticking Together: Plumlee brothers finding their comfort level with Blue Devils". Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Duke's Mason Plumlee out indefinitely with broken wrist". Usatoday.Com. November 12, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Mason Plumlee a key for Duke – Duke". January 7, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Mason Plumlee returns to full workouts with Blue Devils". The Herald-Sun. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Game Notes: vs. Butler, April 5, 9:21 PM, CBS – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  18. ^ "The Official On-Line Home Of Duke Statistics". Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Plumlees Relish Chance to Play Together – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Duke's Kelly enjoying the moment – Duke". Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  21. ^ "2010 NCAA tournament: A coaching view of the Final Four – ESPN". January 1, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Duke's Smith always mindful of his dad : : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis". Retrieved April 3, 2010. 

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