Freshman forward Marshall Plumlee will finally make his collegiate debut for the Duke blue devils against Cornell on Wednesday Dec. 19. Marshall will be the third Plumlee to play for coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Marshall, like his brothers, is nearly 7-feet tall standing at 6’11”. His oldest brother Miles Plumlee is currently a member of the Indiana Pacers in the NBA, and his other older brother, Mason Plumlee, is currently a star senior forward for the Blue Devils. Last year we got to see two Plumlees playing side by side, and it looks like we will get that chance again this year.
Marshall suffered a stress fracture in his left foot in October and has been sidelined for over 2 months. Last season he sat out as a redshirt.
Now Krzyzewski has another option in the post as Plumlee will add significant depth. It is imperative that Plumlee gain that experience this year since Duke will lose starting forwards Ryan Kelly and older brother Mason to graduation this year.
Marshall Plumlee is a good rebounder, and can score well. He has range up to about 15 feet when he is open, and has a nice repertoire of post moves. Plumlee has added about 20 pounds since last year which will help him battle in the post at this level.
At times in high school he would go for long stretches without making an impact. Coach Krzyzewski is going to demand good consistent play of Marshall, and he will step up. Coach K has a way of bringing the best out of young student-athletes, and I don’t expect to see any different in this case.