Forging your own identity as a basketball player is a tough task, but that’s especially true if you have two older brothers who already play for one of the elite programs in college basketball.
But if anyone is up to he task it’s Marshall Plumlee, a near seven foot front court player that is going into his junior season at Christ School in Arden North Carolina.
The name Plumlee is more than just a little familiar to Duke fans for Marshall’s older brothers Miles and Mason both play for and currently start at Duke.
There are definitely some similarities which go beyond all three sons initials being the same. For that matter, those initials apply to their Father as well, Millard Plumlee who goes by “Perky.”
The biggest similarity which jumps out to me is a good work ethic, When I was planning a story on Marshall, I called his Dad to arrange a chat a few weeks back. In the background one could hear the squeaking of sneakers, which later turned into the sound of a bouncing ball followed by the the whoosh of a stationary bike.
Perky was working out with his son on a regimen he’s been through more than a few times. When a lot of kids Marshall’s age were outside kicking about, Plumlee 3 was hard at work in the gym to get better.
The first time I saw Marshall was when I was covering Christ School in the North Carolina State Championship game just after Mason had committed to Duke.
Marshall was long and lean, but skinny and still growing into his body. Still, when Marshall opened up he was already running the court like a gazelle, making it down in half the strides of the average player.
A year later I saw Marshall during Dave Telep’s camp which brings in the states best players annually. His improvement amazed me for he had developed a spin move, a baby hook and was active and aggressive.
Now that Marshall is growing into his body, his game is coming together. Still, one can expect Marshall to be Marshall, meaning he’ll forge his own identity.
BDN caught up with Marshall
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