Mason Plumlee

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Mason Plumlee
Mason Plumlee Nets.jpg
Plumlee with the Nets in 2014
No. 1 – Brooklyn Nets
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-03-05) March 5, 1990 (age 24)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Christ School
(Arden, North Carolina)
College Duke (2009–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Brooklyn Nets
Pro career 2013–present
Career history
2013–present Brooklyn Nets
Career highlights and awards

Mason Alexander Plumlee (born March 5, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA. As a freshman in 2009–10, he was a back-up forward for Duke's national champion 2010 team, which had him playing with his older brother Miles. He was a 2009 McDonald's All-American in high school.[1] During his senior year at Duke, he also played with his younger brother Marshall. He was selected with the 22nd overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2013 NBA Draft.

High school career[edit]

In high school, Plumlee first attended Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, IN before transferring to Christ School after his freshman year. Following Mason and his siblings transfer, a town hall meeting was held questioning removing Warsaw's head basketball coach Doug Ogle for the Plumlee brothers transferring amongst other factors (Ogle retained his job and later led Warsaw to a state runner-up championship in 2009-10). At Christ School, Mason 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.[2] 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.[2] He was also named 2009 North Carolina Mr. Basketball by the Charlotte Observer, and was twice an All-State pick.[2] In addition, he competed in the high jump in track and field, with an individual best jump of 6’ 8”.[2]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Mason Plumlee
PF/C
Warsaw, IN Christ School (NC) 6 ft 10.5 in (2.10 m) 207.5 lb (94.1 kg) Feb 27, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6 (PF)   Rivals: 55, 14 (PF)  ESPN: 10, 2 (C)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

His brother Miles had originally committed to play at Stanford, 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.[3]

He missed the first six games of the 2009–10 season with a broken left wrist.[4][5] He and Miles usually rotated into games together, replacing Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas, and were often the first two players off the bench.[3][6] Teammate Nolan Smith said: "He's an athlete. He can run and jump with the best of them in the country."[7]

Through April 4, 2010, Mason was tied for first on the team in blocks, with 30, and second on the team with 21 dunks.[8][9] In an average 14.1 minutes of play per game during the 2009–10 season, he averaged 3.1 rebounds and .9 blocks.[10]

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."[11]

It was anticipated that in 2010–11 the two brothers will both be in Duke's starting lineup.[12] Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt views Mason as Duke's best pro prospect.[13] 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."[14]

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

He was a 2012–13 first team Academic All-American selection.[15] He was also a 2012–13 Senior CLASS Award finalist.[16]

Professional career[edit]

Plumlee with Team USA at the 2014 World Basketball Festival

Brooklyn Nets[edit]

Plumlee was selected with the 22nd overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2013 NBA Draft. On July 3, 2013, he signed his first professional contract with the Nets.[17] On November 15, 2013, in his first game against his brother Miles and the Phoenix Suns, he recorded 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in a 100-98 overtime win.[18] The following night, Plumlee played 26 minutes against the Los Angeles Clippers with both Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett out injured, and had 19 points and 6 rebounds, (both career highs).[19] Plumlee was selected to play in the 2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Chris Webber's team, while his brother Miles was picked to play on Grant Hill's team. February 9, 2014 Plumlee recorded his first NBA double-double, finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds in a Nets victory.[20] On March 17, 2014, both Miles and Mason Plumlee started for the Suns and the Nets, respectively. Mason had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Miles had 3 points and 6 rebounds in a 108-95 Nets win.[21]

On April 8, 2014, the Nets faced the two time defending champion Miami Heat, looking to become the first team to sweep LeBron James in a four game season series.[22] With Kevin Garnett resting his back and Andray Blatche out with illness, Plumlee was the only active center on the Nets roster. The Nets held an 88-87 lead in the closing seconds when James attempted a dunk that would have won the game for the Heat. Plumlee blocked the shot and secured the season sweep in what the New York Times described as a signature moment in his career.[23] Although James was visibly upset about the play, and claimed that he had been fouled, the NBA later announced that the call was correct and that the block was clean.[24]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Brooklyn 70 22 18.2 .659 .000 .626 4.4 .9 .7 .8 7.4
Career 70 22 18.2 .659 .000 .626 4.4 .9 .7 .8 7.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Brooklyn 10 0 11.4 .438 .000 .444 2.3 0.2 0.3 0.7 2.2
Career 10 0 11.4 .438 .000 .444 2.3 0.2 0.3 0.7 2.2

Personal life[edit]

Plumlee grew up with brothers Miles, who also played for Duke and currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, Marshall, and sister Madeleine.[8][25] He and his older brother Miles are the sixth pair of brothers to play at Duke at the same time.[26]

Plumlee's parents are Perky, a former Tennessee Tech basketball player, and Leslie (née Schultz), a former Purdue basketball player.[6][27][28] The two met at a basketball camp during the summer of 1979.[29] 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).[26]

"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.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawlor, Christopher (September 23, 2009). "Plumlee finding way on the court". ESPN. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Mason Plumlee Bio – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. March 5, 1990. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Sticking Together: Plumlee brothers finding their comfort level with Blue Devils". .journalnow.com. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Duke's Mason Plumlee out indefinitely with broken wrist". USAToday.com. November 12, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mason Plumlee a key for Duke – Duke". NewsObserver.com. January 7, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Duke has brotherhood with Boilers | The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind". Journalgazette.net. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Mason Plumlee returns to full workouts with Blue Devils". The Herald-Sun. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Armstrong, Kevin (April 2, 2010). "After Detour, Duke’s Plumlee Brothers Arrive at Final Four (dead link)". NYTimes.com. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Game Notes: vs. Butler, April 5, 9:21 PM, CBS – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Official On-Line Home Of Duke Statistics". GoDuke.StatsGeek.com. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Plumlees Relish Chance to Play Together – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Duke's Kelly enjoying the moment – Duke". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ "2010 NCAA tournament: A coaching view of the Final Four – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. January 1, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Duke's Smith always mindful of his dad : News-Record.com : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis". News-Record.com. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, Ohio State's Aaron Craft top Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Basketball Teams". College Sports Information Directors of America. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  16. ^ "Hulls Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award". IUHoosiers.com. CBS Interactive. 2013-02-06. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  17. ^ Nets Sign 2013 First Round Pick Mason Plumlee
  18. ^ Notebook: Nets 100, Suns 98 (OT)
  19. ^ "Plumlee goes Lob City on Lob City". ESPN.com. ESPN. 
  20. ^ Robbins, Lenn. "Nets Beat Pelicans; Lopez Confident About Returning Next Season". NBA.com. NBA. 
  21. ^ "Williams scores 28 as Nets beat Suns". sports.yahoo.com. Yahoo. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  22. ^ Brooklyn Nets 1st Team Ever to Sweep LeBron James in Regular Season
  23. ^ Already, Nets Rookie Has Signature Moment
  24. ^ NBA Rules Mason Plumlee Did Not Foul LeBron James on Crunch-Time Dunk Attempt
  25. ^ "Marshall Plumlee, the younger brother of Miles and Mason, is finding his own way on the court – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. September 23, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  26. ^ a b "Miles Plumlee Bio – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. September 1, 1988. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Plumlees Relish Chance to Play Together – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Duke prospect Plumlee a big player with small-player skills | Lynchburg News Advance". .newsadvance.com. May 28, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2010. [dead link]
  29. ^ "Playing Purdue an emotional matchup for Plumlee family | jconline.com | Journal and Courier". jconline.com. March 26, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2010. [dead link]
  30. ^ "Neenah family has close ties to Duke's Final Four basketball team | postcrescent.com | Appleton Post-Crescent". postcrescent.com. March 31, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2010. [dead link]

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