Today, we present Mason Plumlee from Duke. Recently, mock drafts have seen Plumlee fall to around where the Cavs’ second selection lies, 19th overall. Having been in college for four seasons now, he is something of a known commodity. However, he took some major steps toward becoming an adequate NBA player this past season.
Plumlee is a solid 6’11.5″ in shoes, giving him the height to play either power forward or center. Throughout his early years at Duke, he was utilized at both positions, however this season he was used almost exclusively at center. His wingspan is slightly shorter than his height at 6’10″, which is problematic. However, Plumlee possesses great athleticism for a seven footer, which should help make up for this deficiency.
While I don’t have a definite listing on Mason’s vertical, his brother Miles Plumlee of theIndiana Pacers shocked the combine last year with a 40.5 inch vertical leap. Mason has always looked to be the more athletic of the two brothers, so don’t be surprised to see something of a similar number if he leaps at the combine this year. That athleticism hasn’t helped Miles see the court for Indiana this season, but then again he has always been terrible at basketball. Mason has some of the same awkward athleticism, but he’s much more coordinated, and should actually be able to impact the league defensively.