Youngest Plumlee continues to grow game, interest

  • 07/10/2009 4:06 pm in

After watching his two older brothers, Miles and Mason, go through the recruiting process, Marshall Plumlee has a pretty good idea of what to expect.

The youngest Plumlee, a 2011 center who attends the Arden Christ School in North Carolina, has impressed coaches this spring and summer with high intensity play. Scout.com recently ranked him the No. 35 prospect nationally in his class.

His Indiana Elite One Orange team attracted 19 coaches this morning at the Kentucky Hoopfest, including Indiana assistant Tim Buckley.

“It’s exciting, but we have a saying, ‘we just try and put the horse blinders on and go to work.’ It’s hard to ignore it completely, but we’re just here to win, get better and have fun,” Plumlee said.

Seven schools — Notre Dame, Indiana, NC State, Minnesota, Virginia, LSU and Florida — have offered the 6-11 junior-to-be. With a size 18 shoe, Plumlee thinks his feet are done growing but he’s still hoping to reach the seven-foot mark.

“I’m not ready to make the seven-foot claim yet. I’ll keep drinking my milk and when I hit it, I’ll be excited,” Plumlee joked. “They told Miles he was going to be 6-2 and he’s 6-9, so I don’t know. Our family, we’re a bunch of weird dudes.”

Notre Dame was the first school to extend an offer, but Indiana is the only school that Plumlee has visited so far. And he’s looking forward to keeping a close eye on the Hoosiers during the upcoming season.

“I feel like I’ve gotten to know them pretty well,” Plumlee said of the IU coaching staff. “I know them a little bit more on a personal level. They’re great guys, great coaches and they have amazing plans for IU. I can’t wait to watch them and how well they do this year. They’ve got a great program there and I’m glad to see they landed a quality coach like Coach Crean.”

Scouting Report: At this particular stage of his development, Marshall is more polished than his two older brothers. His intensity rubs off on his Indiana Elite teammates and he’s developed a solid arsenal of post moves that allow him to finish with his right and left hands. His coordination and agility for a player of his size are excellent. On the defensive end, he’s an intelligent player that alters shots frequently without committing unnecessary fouls.

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  • GFDave

    The video of him that I referenced in the previous blog topic left me very impressed with Marshall. He's got the whole package. I think his presence and poise with the media are well beyond his years. As a player you'd have to think he'd at least become a solid starter, perhaps an all B10 performer. I would love to have this kid come to IU.

  • Kelin Blab

    Do we want Plumlee or Zeller. I have seen neither play, not sure which one is further along?

  • Hardwood83

    I've been impressed by what I've seen of this kid too. I know PG is the new black, but I like the idea of having a true center so I hope IU can reel him in.

  • Moose

    I’ll take either one. I’d expect both to end up like their brothers at Duke at Carolina. It seems as if they’re progressing that way.

  • Diesel

    Who was the last true IU center? George Leach?

  • because it's Indiana

    What would we gripe about if Crean recruited a top notch big man? It may hurt the blog, but I suppose we'll have to make the sacrifice. Being “there at the start” is a big deal these days. Looks like we've solidified that position with Plumlee.

  • Both of them are very good players right now. Zeller is an excellent ball handler for his size, can shoot it from 15 to 17 feet and can finish in traffic. Plumlee plays as hard as anyone I've seen this spring or summer, blocks or alters a ton of shots and can finish with either hand. In other words, IU would be doing well to get either of them.

  • Diesel

    I know I've said it before, but I love the insight of CTC's twitter. For the longest time he was not following anyone, now he is following 5 guys and only one of them is a prospect – Kyrie Irving. I don't anticipate him following any other players, just another subtle way of saying “you're our guy”.

  • Kelin Blab

    I like Zeller's versatility having played point guard could fit well in Crean's system. Not sure if this is our last crack at a Zeller but geez, to get one finally would be nice.

  • Diesel

    Who was the last true IU center? George Leach?

  • because it's Indiana

    What would we gripe about if Crean recruited a top notch big man? It may hurt the blog, but I suppose we'll have to make the sacrifice. Being “there at the start” is a big deal these days. Looks like we've solidified that position with Plumlee.

  • Both of them are very good players right now. Zeller is an excellent ball handler for his size, can shoot it from 15 to 17 feet and can finish in traffic. Plumlee plays as hard as anyone I've seen this spring or summer, blocks or alters a ton of shots and can finish with either hand. In other words, IU would be doing well to get either of them.

  • Diesel

    I know I've said it before, but I love the insight of CTC's twitter. For the longest time he was not following anyone, now he is following 5 guys and only one of them is a prospect – Kyrie Irving. I don't anticipate him following any other players, just another subtle way of saying “you're our guy”.

  • Kelin Blab

    I like Zeller's versatility having played point guard could fit well in Crean's system. Not sure if this is our last crack at a Zeller but geez, to get one finally would be nice.

  • iupapaw

    WHY NOT CHRISTMAS,PLUMLEE AND ZELLAR ,TO MAKE THE GREATEST FRONT LINE IN COLLEGE HISTORY