Is Duke's Mason Plumlee the Best Player in the Nation?

By Trevor Lowry
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Mason Plumlee is having a dream season for the Duke Blue Devils, but is he really the best player in the nation? Well, the numbers certainly do not lie.

Plumlee is averaging 19.6 points per game, 11 rebounds per game and 1.9 blocks per game. May I remind you that Plumlee has done this against some of the top teams in college basketball. The Blue Devil dropped 18 points on the Kentucky Wildcats, 16 points on the Louisville Cardinals and 21 points and 17 rebounds on the Ohio State Buckeyes. That is just madness. Just a season ago, Plumlee was only averaging 11.1 points per game. You could say that the senior has definitely stepped up his game this year.

Along with getting almost three more attempts from the field this season, Plumlee is also shooting a lot better. He is shooting 65.4 percent from the field and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line. Plumlee was a 50 percent free-throw shooter just last season.

As anyone could have guessed with these impressive numbers, the 6’10” big man is leading Duke in both scoring and rebounds. Sure, other players are rebounding the ball at a higher rate and scoring more points, but the Blue Devils have arguably had the toughest schedule in the country and Plumlee has rocked every team that he has faced.

No other player is coming up bigger this year than Plumlee. Duke came into the season as your average Blue Devils team. You know, being ranked in the top 10 and being one of the favorites to win the ACC. However, not many people thought that this team would be this good and the main reason why they are is due to how much Plumlee has stepped up this year. Sure, Duke has a very well-rounded and talented team, but Plumlee is arguably the best player on the best team in college basketball.


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