If we don't hear an announcement tomorrow I will be pretty surprised if he leaves early
For many of us our senior year at Duke was one of the great years of our lives.
Mason seems like a great person and a far better student than I. If he decides to trade his senior year for the end of the bench in the NBA or EuroBall, so be it. That year will come anyway, his Duke senior year can not be repeated.
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I don't envy Mason's decision. Even from an outside perspective it's hard to be sure what would be in the best interests of the young man.
He is, at best, a borderline first round pick. A very risky spot to be in.
Steve Wiseman from the Durham Herald-Sun tweeted earlier:
Stephen Wiseman @stevewisemanNC:
"Mason Plumlee's dad said Mason is "agonizing" over decision. Tomorrow's supposed deadline is "meaningless". Could take until 28th."
We might have to have a little more patience...
Reminds me a little of Mike Dunleavy declaring at the end of his junior year, after the bball banquet where he was named a captain for the next year. That's one of the reasons why K doesn't name captains early anymore - it's nice if they are actually in school to fulfill the obligation!
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I agree, it is completely understandable from Mason's standpoint to wait as long as possible and to see who else decleares, etc. Though this does show how torn he is.
And who knows, maybe a certain somebody announcing to come to Duke, will persuade Mason to come back to win a championship. A fan can dream, right? :-)
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Actually, scratch that on Mason Plumlee leaving. Just got a DM from someone very plugged in saying the opposite. He would know better.
Another Good sign?!?
Tweet from.....Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Two underclassmen likely leaving school, sources say: Vandy's John Jenkins and 'Nova's Dominic Cheek. Likely staying: Duke's Mason Plumlee.
I did notice that on nbadraft.net, he was removed completely from the mock draft. I thought something specific must have come out to remove him since they still had Trey Burke who hadn't decided and was 50/50 by most accounts.
On another note, I wouldn't be surprised if Michigan is a top 5 team next year with Burke returning. They return arguably their three best players in Burke, Hardaway and Morgan, and add the nation's 11th best recruiting class. Could be an interesting storyline considering the rest of the Big Ten may be a bit down.
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Agree completely. But, I would argue, that the NBA information is not exactly unbiased either. Aa many have pointed out, if Mason were pegged as a late first round pick, a 10 spot drop in the draft lowers him to the 2nd round and out of guaranteed contract range. if he were a post-lottery middle pick, a 10 spot drops still keeps him in the first round.
I believe completely that the NBA was telling him that he was much higher than a late first rounder. I also believe that they are telling a lot more guys then their are picks that they are higher than a late first rounder. Because it is in the interest of NBA executives to have as many quality players in the draft as possible and hope to get a guy who is talented but drops in the draft.
Again, not arguing with what Mason's been told, but just wanted to say that just like Duke has a desired result, so does the NBA.