Plumlee playing for Duke in February 2011
|No. 1 – Brooklyn Nets|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
March 5, 1990 |
Fort Wayne, Indiana
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (211 cm)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Christ School
(Arden, North Carolina)
|NBA draft||2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the Brooklyn Nets|
|Pro playing career||2013–present|
|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. 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.
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. He and his older brother Miles are the sixth pair of brothers to play at Duke at the same time.
Plumlee's parents are Perky, a former Tennessee Tech basketball player, and Leslie (née Schultz), a former Purdue basketball player. The two met at a basketball camp during the summer of 1979. 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).
"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.
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. 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. He was also named 2009 North Carolina Mr. Basketball by the Charlotte Observer, and was twice an All-State pick. In addition, he competed in the high jump in track and field, with an individual best jump of 6’ 8”.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Warsaw, IN||Christ School (NC)||6 ft 10.5 in (2.10 m)||207.5 lb (94.1 kg)||Feb 27, 2008|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 98|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6 (PF) Rivals: 55, 14 (PF) ESPN: 10, 2 (C)|
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.
He missed the first six games of the 2009–10 season with a broken left wrist. He and Miles usually rotated into games together, replacing Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas, and were often the first two players off the bench. Teammate Nolan Smith said: "He's an athlete. He can run and jump with the best of them in the country."
Through April 4, 2010, Mason was tied for first on the team in blocks, with 30, and second on the team with 21 dunks. In an average 14.1 minutes of play per game during the 2009–10 season, he averaged 3.1 rebounds and .9 blocks.
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."
It was anticipated that in 2010–11 the two brothers will both be in Duke's starting lineup. Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt views Mason as Duke's best pro prospect. 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."
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, 7 flops, and 1.5 blocks per game to help man the paint for the defending champion Blue Devils.
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. On November 15, 2013, in his first game against his brother Miles, he recorded 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the 100-98 overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns. Plumlee would then continue to perform under a consistent basis to the point where he'd end up playing in the 2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. He'd end up being selected as a player for Chris Webber's team for the competition, while his brother Miles (who was initially left off of the original roster) would end up playing under Grant Hill's team.
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- Nets Sign 2013 First Round Pick Mason Plumlee
- Notebook: Nets 100, Suns 98 (OT)