Bloomington – Marshall Plumlee is standing out in a crowd these days.
As the Indiana Elite One Coach Bob Pryor gathered his team together at center court for a pre-practice talk Saturday morning at Bloomington South High School, it was impossible not to notice the player who towered over everyone else in the building – the 6'11 ½" Plumlee.
Of course, one of the reasons Plumlee was so much bigger than everyone else in the huddle was that fellow Indiana Elite big man Cody Zeller is in Detroit to watch his older brother Tyler play in the Final Four. But there's clearly been a big growth spurt for the Arden (N.C.) Christ School big man.
"Everyone is saying I'm grown quite a bit," Plumlee said. "I've been been stretching and drinking milk, so it's exciting."
With the added height, though, has been some growing pains to deal with as well. But Plumlee is doing what he can to deal with that, and is excited about the opportunities that are likely coming his way as college recruiting heats up.
"People are looking at me now and seeing I have more potential and that I'm still growing, still coming into my body," Plumlee said. "It seems to be opening up more opportunities."
Like his Duke-bound older brothers Miles and Mason, Marshall isn't your stereotypical big man. While he generally towers over his defender, he has a face up game that allows him to knock down perimeter jump shots as well. He's also continuing to work on his ball handling in an effort to develop the same sort of all-around skills that helped Mason earn McDonald's All-America honors this season.
The opportunity to play both inside and out is one of the reasons the Plumlees landed at Arden (N.C.) Christ School in the first place after growing up in Warsaw, Ind. Marshall says he's probably a bit more of a post-oriented player at this point in his career than his brothers were, but versatility is something he wants to continue to develop.
"I'm similar (to my brothers) in that we work at every aspect of our game so we can take whatever is open," Plumlee said. "We don't go into a game thinking we're going to score from 10 feet and in. If you're going to give me 15 feet, I'll take 15 feet."
The combination of size, versatility and the track record of his older brothers has already helped Marshall become one of the bigger names in the 2011 recruiting class. Indiana has clearly taken notice, welcoming him to campus last fall and offering him a scholarship.
Plumlee said he's still wide open and more concerned about improving than recruiting at this early stage in the process, but says there are plenty of things that he does like about Indiana and what he's seen from IU Coach Tom Crean.
"The campus there is beautiful, and I really like the style of play that Coach Crean plans to play," Plumlee said. "I'm excited to see how he does and I think he'll be really successful."
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