October 20, 2007

Plumlee planning a trip to Louisville

Mason Plumlee, the No. 67 overall prospect in the class of 2009 and a four-star prospect, was planning to visit the University of Louisville earlier this week on an unofficial trip. The 6-10, 200-pound forward from Christ School in Arden, N.C. wasn't able to make the trip, but he plans to schedule a return trip later this year, likely in November when he returns home from boarding school on break.

"School's been getting a little tough, and I had arleady missed so many days because I went out with my brother to Stanford," Plumlee told Cardinalsports.com. "Then I had strep throat so I missed a couple more days. We just decided I should stay here and keep my grades up."

Plumlee said he hopes to make a trip to see UofL as early as next month. "It's just not a hard trip from my house," he acknowledged. "I live in Northern Indiana so it's only about four hours from where I live, as opposed to coming from my boarding school which is a lot longer away."

Now in his second year at Christ School, Plumlee has plenty of family support, with his older brother Miles (a Stanford commit) currently there as a senior. His younger brother also joined the group this year as a freshman who will split time on the junior varsity and varsity this coming season.

"I think academically it's a lot tougher," Plumlee said of the difference between boarding school and normal high school. "But you do have the majority of your teachers living in the dorm or somewhere on campus so as long as you're willing to get the help you can."

After winning the 3A State Championship last season, there a lot of high expectations for Christ School this year, as they are already ranked No. 1 heading into the season.

Already with offers from big-time college programs such as Georgetown, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee, Wake Forest, UCLA and Xavier, among others, UofL has shown him attention early and often.

"I was down in Orlando playing in the Super Showcase and Coach (Richard) Pitino, Jr. caught one of my games," Plumlee reported. "Him and Coach (Rick) Pitino were at our next one when we played Greg Monroe's team. After seeing me play they called my AAU coach and offered.

"It was exciting because obviously you watch Louisvile play a lot," he added. "It was exciting because I really didn't expect it at all. Normally you talk to the coaches before they offer. They just offered and now I talk to Coach Pitino Jr. pretty regularly. He's been by the school. He's easy to talk to and I like to talk to him."

Plumlee said the Cards seem to like him as a face-up power forward-type player. "When I talked to Coach Pitino he had only seen me play a couple of times. Once I get on campus, we could talk about it a little bit more," he said.

How does Plumlee like all of the attention? "It's definitely fun, I'm not going to lie" he answered. "Taking all the calls and calling people back gets to be tiring, but it's fun."

He's also had the chance to watch his brother go through the process. "We've kind of gone through it together. I tagged along last spring when we made his unofficial visits so I saw how he handled things. He was always on the phone with coaches and stuff so I just watched him," Mason said.

Plumlee added that he is "kind of open right now," and he doesn't want to worry too much about recruiting until after his current high school season is over.

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