Plumlee Gets New Interest

Although his summer didn't end as planned, Mason Plumlee certainly made a splash among college coaches. The 6-foot-9 rising junior has seen an increase in interest and picked up a few more scholarships.

"I definitely think during the spring that my stock rose," Mason Plumlee said. "But during the Super Showcase and Nationals my back was kind of hurting me so I didn't play as well as I could have. I think it was a good summer overall."

Regardless of the injury, Plumlee grabbed the attention of a number of coaches. Thad Matta saw him in Louisville, Roy Williams caught a few of his games in Orlando and Kelvin Sampson saw him during that period as well.

"[Recruiting] has been picking up lately," Plumlee said. "After July some of the new schools have been UCLA, Louisville, North Carolina … there are a lot of new schools that are contacting me."

"Georgetown, Indiana, Miami and Michigan are probably coming at me the hardest. I also was offered by Louisville after Orlando."

Although the Tar Heels have yet to put forth a scholarship offer, Plumlee said their interest is legitimate. He speaks regularly with their assistants (Joe Holladay and Steve Robinson) and they are trying to get him to take an unofficial visit.

"I think [North Carolina] is pretty serious," he said. "Coach Robinson, I think he was at almost all of my games down in Orlando. Coach Williams showed up a couple of them, too. They said they are definitely going to recruit me and they want me to come on campus in the fall. They said they would come up and watch me work out."

Mason's brother, Miles, is committed to Stanford, and that's another school that the Arden (N.C.) Christ School standout is looking at. But even with his brother headed there, Mason said distance could factor into the equation.

"It could, but I don't think it'd be enough to make me completely say ‘no' to a school. This is hard because I'm looking at UCLA and Stanford, but I don't know if I want to go that far, but it could be the best situation out there.

"I think I'll go wherever the best fit is basketball wise and academically no matter what the location is. But if two schools are pretty even then I'm definitely going to pick the one closest to home."

Plumlee doesn't plan to make a decision in the near future. He said he wants to wait out the process and take his visits.

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