Name: Mason Plumlee
Weight : 238 pounds
School: Duke Blue Devils
Years of College Experience: 4
Accomplishments: 2009 McDonald’s All American, 2012 All ACC Third Team, 2013 Elite 8 Appearance, 2012 and 2013 USBWA All-District III Team, 2013 All ACC First Team, AP Second Team All-American, Pete Newell Award Winner
Lane Agility: 10.89 Seconds
3/4 Court Sprint: 3.29 Seconds
Max Vertical: 36″
Standing Vertical: 30.5″
Bench Press: 12 Reps
Mason has all the physical tools to play in the NBA. Unlike the smaller, weaker big men Nerlens Noel and Kelly Olynyk, Mason is almost 240 pounds and has deceptive lower body strength that helps him dominate the offensive glass.
A fair amount of his offense was in transition; that proves he is very athletic and can get up and down the court with ease. His admirable boxing out technique, good strength, and unexpected leaping ability make him an excellent rebounder, and he averaged 10 rebounds a game in his senior year. Overall, he is pleasing in almost every main category.
Mason’s lateral quickness is not the best, and he has an unknown amount of potential. He improved statistically at Duke, but his game did not change much which brings into question his potential. Sometimes he can be a crybaby and at times is not tough enough to bang with other “big” big men. Proof: he averaged just more than 5 rebounds when facing Maryland and 255-pound center Alex Len.
Lastly, his jump shot is an issue. His shooting motion is not to be desired for, as it almost goes in a straight line rather than an arc. During his senior season, he only attempted 10 jump shots (most of which were wide open) and only made four.
Mason averaged 17.1 points and 10 rebounds at 34.7 minutes per game his final season. He had a 60 shooting percentage and recorded 1.4 blocks per game. He also averaged 2 assists a game and shot 68% at the charity stripe.