Monday, March 21, 2011

Duke recruit Marshall Plumlee named Gatorade N.C. player of the year

Marshall Plumlee, a 7-foot center from Arden Christ School, is the 2010-11 Gatorade N.C. Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Plumlee is the first Gatorade North Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Christ School.

Butler's Cierra Burdick repeated as N.C. girls player of the year.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Plumlee as North Carolina’s best high school boys basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in March, Plumlee joins an elite alumni association of past state boys basketball award winners, including Dwight Howard (2003-04, SW Atlanta Christian Academy, Ga.), Chauncey Billups (1993-94 & 1994-95, George Washington HS, Colo.), Jason Kidd (1991-92, St. Joseph Notre Dame HS, Calif.), Paul Pierce (1994-95, Inglewood HS, Calif.) and Chris Bosh (2001-02, Lincoln HS, Texas).

The 7-foot, 220-pound senior center led the Greenies to a 32-5 record and a fourth consecutive North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 3A state championship this past season. Plumlee recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in the 59-57 state title-clinching victory against Charlotte Christian School. A McDonald’s High School All-American Game selection, he averaged 11.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 assists per game in 2010-11. Plumlee shot 56.7 percent from the field and 77.1 percent from the free-throw line. Also a two-time NCISAA All-State selection, he produced 8.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and three blocks per contest as a junior.

Plumlee has maintained a 4.06 weighted GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria. In addition to serving as a dormitory prefect and chair of his school’s Honor council, he has volunteered in association with the National Honor Society.

“He plays with great intensity on both ends of the floor,” said Paul Biancardi, National Director for ESPN Basketball Recruiting. “He’s an inside presence offensively with a nice jump hook and drop-step move. Defensively, he’s a rim protector; he can block shots or make it difficult for opponents to score over him. He’s a consistent rebounder at both ends. He cares so much about his team, and that’s one of the most important qualities an athlete can have. Along with being an exceptional player and a high-level student, he’s an excellent teammate.”

Plumlee has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Duke University this fall.

-- Gatorade Media Release

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

He ain't no Jalen Rose!

Anonymous said...

THAT is funny!!!

Anonymous said...

another offensively challenged plumlee! how can a 7 footer only average 11 ppg in high school haha

Anonymous said...

This makes no sense. Just because of his name, he gets NC player of the year. I've seen 5 kids play this year that is more deserving of this than him. 7 foot tall and only 13 points and 10 rebounds. There is a 5'11 kid at Burns who averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds a game. Ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

nothing but duke haters....boo hoo

decarus said...

7 Feet tall and he can not average no more that 13 and 10 that's sorry. I can name several players in the state that deserve this award; Tyler Lewis, Jackson Simmons, Miles Bowman Jr., Kennedy Meeks just to name a few. look at their numbers and you make that decision for yourself.

Phillip said...

This award shouldnt go to Marshall anyway he lives in INdiana and just goes to this sham of a school anyway, a plumlee wouldnt know offense if it hit him in the head,

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Marshall. Continue on the path that you are on and be the example for others to follow. Stay or be humble as you do so.

Anonymous said...

Good kid for sure...but stats tell the manufacturing of a storyline...
Duke has 2 Plumlees and loses like chumps not champs. BIG story tomorrow after Gibbons Challenge...! IF they allow him to play against the best...he will get his chance without the hype. Then we will know...