The 6-foot-8 forward, a member of Arden (N.C.) Christ School's state championship team, picked up the phone while attending the NBA Camp and made his decision.
"I've been talking to my parents the last few days but it was a last second thing," Plumlee said. "The more and more we talked about I knew this was easily the best fit for me. I think I called them when the last game ended."
Plumlee is a unique player. He's got the skill set to be a multiple position forward in college. Now it's about getting ready physically to deliver on his dream of playing the small forward in college. Stanford shared the same personal aspirations for him position-wise and that helped.
"That was a big thing for me," Plumlee said. "I wanted someone who saw the same vision as me. I know I have a lot of work to do but Coach Johnson thinks I can eventually play the three.
"Once I get my body there and can guard the three, I think that gives me the best shot to play at the next level. That set it apart me. A lot of schools said I was a face up four man but I knew they were still looking at me as an interior player."
A native of Warsaw, Ind., Plumlee transferred to the Christ School along with his brother Mason, a top forward prospect in the Class of 2009. He received all sorts of offers including Virginia (the location for the NBA Camp) but had recently grown weary of the process and realized it was time to end it.