With the 22nd pick in the first-round last night, the Nets selected former Duke Blue Devil Mason Plumlee.
The 6’10 power forward stayed all four years in Durham, North Carolina, averaging 17.1 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting an impressive 59.9% from the field in his senior year. He led the Blue Devils to the Elite Eight and was widely considered one of the top college players in the nation throughout the season.
While he won’t impress anyone with flash, Plumlee is a great athlete who possesses a good work ethic that will surely help him in the NBA. His intensity and effort on the court will also be a benefit to himself and the Nets.
Plumlee, who may not get too many minutes early on in his career, is certainly in a good situation. He will have the opportunity to hone his skills and learn under two elite big men – Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett. However, Plumlee is just thankful for the chance he has been given for now.
“Who wouldn’t wanna play here with the buzz they have going here?” Plumlee said, after hearing David Stern call his name. “It’s a dream come true to be in a situation like this.”