November 7, 2007

Plumlee's stock rising

Skilled and mobile big men are a rare gem for college programs these days. The ones that can rebound, block shots and knock down a jump-hook in the paint are valuable to college coaches. Those who can do those things and step out to the perimeter are even more valuable.

Mason Plumlee is one of those kids who stands 6-11 and can play inside and outside. And that versatility is what makes the Arden, NC junior so important to many high major coaches. Including UNC's Roy Williams.

He talked a bit about his last interactions with Williams.

"My parents and I talked to Coach Williams after Late Night with Roy and he said that they'd come watch our school team all seven times that their staff is allowed to," said Plumlee. And although no scholarship has been offered to Plumlee at this point, the UNC staff has made many efforts both in appearances as well as communication that they are, in fact, interested in the skilled big guy, who's originally from Indiana.

Naturally, Plumlee is a huge target for many Big Ten programs. Some members of his family recently drove up to Ann Arbor to check out the facilities.

"My mom and sister went up and visited Michigan, and other than that, I've just been talking to a lot of the same coaches over the phone," he added.

This fall has been quite the popular time for a lot of high major programs to make appearances at his school as well. He recites some of his recent admirers.

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