Monday, November 30, 2009

Duke's Mason Plumlee may play at Wisconsin

DURHAM - Freshman center Mason Plumlee, who has missed Duke's first six games with a broken wrist, may return for Wednesday's game at Wisconsin, team spokesman Matt Plizga said Monday.

Plumlee's brother, sophomore forward Miles Plumlee, said Mason went through a full practice with the team Monday. Mason Plumlee suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left wrist during practice on Nov. 11.

The injury didn't require surgery, prompting coach Mike Krzyzewski to say Plumlee might be out for weeks rather than months. Plizga said team medical personnel will monitor Plumlee's progress after practice early this week.

Barring complications, Plumlee probably will dress and play in the 9:15 p.m. ACC-Big Ten Challenge game at Wisconsin, Plizga said. Plumlee is a 6-foot-10 McDonald's All-American who was named a likely starter by Krzyzewski before preseason practice started.

Junior guard Nolan Smith said he has seen Plumlee's spirits improve as the date of his return to practice became closer. Miles Plumlee said Mason's return will bring another dimension to the Duke offense.

"He's big," Miles said. "He can finish inside. He's athletic. We can run the ball through him and (he can) pass. When he's on the floor, it's a whole other person we can go to."

Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

This guy will help sway some of the "unathletic" talk. He can jump, and handle the rock. I cant wait to see him play!

Anonymous said...

Relative to all the other teams in the NCAA, Duke really is in the middle of the pack as far as athleticism is concerned. Scheyer an Singler are decent athletes. Dawkins, Thomas , and the Plumlee's are good athletes. Nothing spectaculer but they're no slouches either. Scheyer is good because he's smart with the ball. Singler's good because he plays European style. Dawkins shoots. Smith plays much better when Scheyers at point. The Plumlees are decently skilled. Zoubek is Tall, I guess.

Anonymous said...

LOL Zoubek was only good in highschool becuz he was taller the everybody else. Not a big deal on the next level. GO HEELS