Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Two Plumlees, No Waiting

MASON (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Duke junior Mason Plumlee will return to Durham for his senior season with the Blue Devils.  The third-team all ACC forward made the announcement yesterday after a “heart-to-heart” discussion with coach Mike Krzyrb6ski.

The specifics of what the two talked about remain confined to Krzylj8wski’s office. Yet it’s not hard to guess some of the substance.

“Strictly from a business standpoint, Mason’s walking away from a very attractive business opportunity,” said Perky Plumlee, Mason’s father. “We were naturally very curious to hear Coach K’s vision for Mason’s senior year and for the team.”

And while Perky Plumlee stressed that his son wants his opportunities to remain in the context of the team, Krzyzewski illuminated part of his vision for Mason’s senior season in Duke’s press release announcing Tuesday that Mason would forgo the opportunity to enter the NBA draft and return for his senior season.

“Mason has the ability to contend for ACC player of the year and All-America honors next season,” Krzyqym9ski said.

MASHALL (Wikipedia)
Plumlee flashed that potential at different points of a junior year when he averaged 11.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. A third-team All-ACC selection, he made 57.2 percent of his field-goal attempts, and his free-throw shooting – long a source of frustration – improved dramatically toward the end of last season. Over Plumlee’s last eight games, he made 74.1 percent of his shots from the line.

“Mason recognizes there are aspects of his game that need to be developed, but he wants to do it at Duke. He’s not coming to back to Duke to stay the same,” said the senior Plumlee.  

“Now, he’s going to have to make it happen, but the coaches have pledged to us that they support his goals.” 

(Editor’s note: If you ever wondered why old school coaches like Gary Williams walk away from coaching, just read the quote above. Never mind that Plumlee’s father, a grown man, is named Perky, but he would actually be quoted saying his son was only going to come back to Duke if this coaches pledged to him that they supported his individual goal to become a millionaire.  Nice, Perky, NICE! That said, we aren’t picking on Duke or the Plumlees as this happens all the time, everywhere.)

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