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Monday, July 12, 2010
Duke gets yet another Plumlee

By Eamonn Brennan

By the time 2011 rolls around, the Duke Blue Devils will be about 25 percent Plumlee.

Check my math, but if Duke has 12 or 13 players on its roster, and three of them are members of the Brothers Plumlee, that gives you, oh, well, you get the point. It's a lot of Plumlee.

Yes, the younger brother of the rising sophomore/junior tandem Mason and Miles -- Marshall, continuing with the M-name theme -- committed to Duke this weekend, where he will join the Blue Devils in 2011. (Contrary to my previous headline, which has since been updated, Plumlee just made a verbal commitment, and like all 2011 recruits can't actually sign until later this year.)  Marshall Plumlee is the No. 34-ranked recruit in the class of 2011, a 6-foot-11 center ranked No. 4 at his position in the class. Marshall is known for his defense and rebounding: He averaged 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game for the Christ School, which he helped lead to a 3-A state championship in North Carolina in 2010. But the youngest Plumlee has never led his team in points, a partial product of the Christ School's four-guard offensive set.

There will be time to develop that aspect of his game when Plumlee joins the Blue Devils next fall. When he does, he and his brothers will make ACC history: According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Plumlees will be the first group of three brothers to ever play on the same ACC team's lineup. Yes, that's a lot of Plumlee. It's also a lot of size and athleticism. Duke fans will gladly make that trade.