Those of you waiting on the edge of your seat for your formal introduction to Marshall Plumlee - the latest addition to the Duke Blue Devils basketball program from Perky and Leslie after contributing both Miles and most recently Mason Plumlee – are going to have to wait a little bit longer.
After being a redshirt in the 2011-2012 season as a true freshman, Plumlee will be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks and into the upcoming season with a stress fracture in his left foot, according to CBS Sports. Those who caught Duke’s live practice on ESPNU Monday noticed only one Plumlee on the court, Mason, and after hearing such incredible things about the youngest of the three brothers, must be getting impatient having to wait longer.
A 2011 McDonald’s All-American, Plumlee was slated to play a lot of minutes at the center position for Coach K’s Blue Devils, and would most likely have played a lot of minutes next to brother Mason, the team’s best big man, and maybe even best player in general. Marshall is almost a hybrid of his two brothers as far as his skill-set, as he’s a superior athlete (like Miles), with great touch from around the basket (like Mason).
The runner-up in the 2011 McDonald’s All-America Game Dunk Contest, Plumlee had a terrific high school career, being named Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina as a senior, and playing for four NCISAA 3-A State Championship teams at Christ School.
With one of his brothers just drafted by the Indiana Pacers, and the other being a legitimate first-round prospect for this coming draft, expectations certainly aren’t low for the redshirt freshman. We’ll have to wait another 6-8 weeks to find out.
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