ACC Basketball

The Unlucky Plumlee

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What’s the deal with Duke Blue Devils and feet? Three years removed from Kyrie Irving’s infamous toe injury and who can forget Ryan Kelly’s foot problem last year, it seems the foot is causing great pain for Coach K yet again.

Marshall Plumlee is out 3-4 months after having foot surgery. This is the same foot that caused him to miss nine games in 2012-13.

This is a huge blow for both Duke and Plumlee.

Despite the fact he didn’t show much last year, I had him penciled in for Duke at the five-spot. His job would be to hold down the paint, rebound on both ends of the floor and set screens. If he misses anytime, this forces the Blue Devils to rely on Amile Jefferson and Josh Hairston, two guy more suited for the 4-spot.

As for Plumlee, this is just another set back in what should have been a promising career. He was suppose to be the most polished back-to-the-basket Plumlee brother, but after seeing him last year, he looked ill-prepared for the ACC. This is typical for a lot of big men in college basketball. They tend to take longer to develop than guards, but since Plumlee had red shirted his freshman year, I honestly thought we’d see more. My guess is, last year’s foot injury in the preseason really hampered his development.

Since the beginning of the offseason, I’ve been saying that Duke should consider going after Memphis’ Tarik Black and it appears the Duke coaching staff is thinking the same thing. The 6-9 forward has graduated and is planning on transferring and as long as Duke University provides a master’s program that Memphis doesn’t, he can play starting 2013-14.

The fact is, Black would give the Blue Devils a¬†legitimate, experienced big man who has the size to hold down the paint, while playing for Duke will give Black the exposure he didn’t get playing in Conference USA.

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