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Are athleticism and height alone enough to get Mason Plumlee drafted highly?
Quite simply, there is no way he comes out.
He has intrigued scouts since his days in high school, but thus far at Duke he hasn’t had the chance and/or drive to show what he is capable of. His 7.2 PPG, 8.4 RPG line is less than awe-inspiring, and he showed little in terms of one-on-one moves.
He could use another year at Duke as their third scoring option (excluding the influx of talented freshman Austin Rivers, who could shift the outlook). He needs to develop a go-to move, because right now almost all of his buckets come off open layups, running the floor, and scramble points.
Should Plumlee come out, his athleticism and height will get him drafted, but it would most likely be in the second round. He needs time to adjust to the speed of the NBA—the speed of the ACC often proved to be plenty—and to develop a go-to post move. Irving/Cook, Curry, Rivers, Kelly and Plumlee will be close enough to an NBA lineup for Mason next year.
Ceiling: a more athletic Andris Biedrins.