Plumlee Likes Where Things Stand with IU

Bloomington - Shortly after his Indiana Elite team was eliminated from the Adidas May Classic last weekend, 6'11" sophomore Marshall Plumlee sat down with IU Coach Tom Crean to talk about his interest in the program...

Bloomington – Marshall Plumlee thinks he's in a great situation with Indiana.

The 6'11" Warsaw, Ind., native and Arden (N.C.) Christ School sophomore clearly likes the Hoosiers. He has an IU scholarship offer in hand, and he went to Assembly Hall immediately after his Indiana Elite One squad bowed out of the Adidas May Classic to meet with IU Coach Tom Crean for more than an hour along with Matt Carlino on Sunday.

"Indiana is definitely a school I'd be interested in," Plumlee said shortly before heading to Assembly Hall. "I've sat down with (Crean) and I really like the plan he has for IU – I think he'll do great things. He'll turn the program around a lot faster than people think."

How fast will that happen? That's an unknown, but that's why Plumlee likes his situation. The Class of 2011 prospect still has 1 ½ years before he's able to sign a binding national letter of intent, and that period of time should give him a good idea of how far Crean's rebuilding project has progressed.

"From what I've seen and what I know, I think I have a picture of how quick it will go," Plumlee said. "A few transition years, but I think I'm in a perfect position because (I have) two or three years to see how they do, and if they're on the up and up, that's great. We'll see if they're making progress and I think they definitely will."

During that time, Plumlee plans to do more than eye IU and see how quickly they rebound. He'll also be focusing on improving his own game as well.

The third of the Plumlees, Marshall is now taller than older brothers Miles and Mason, both of whom are now at Duke. While he has excellent size, he is still developing as a player – particularly on the offensive end. But he's an extremely hard worker, and both his AAU coaches and national recruiting analysts have little doubt that by the time he's ready to go to college he'll be an elite talent much like his two older brothers.

Marshall is also well aware of the fact that he has some developing to do before he's where he wants to be.

"I have a lot of improvement to do myself before I can think about picking any colleges," Plumlee said.

His inclination to put his decision on the backburner for now stands in contrast to what many others are doing in the 2011 class. There are plenty of high school sophomores who are already verbally committing to various schools around the country, including Plumlee's own AAU teammate, Matt Carlino.

"It's kind of surprising when I see a bunch of kids committed," Plumlee said. "I guess I'll wait and see the playing field and see which kids have committed to what schools, and that will give me an even better picture of what kind of kids I want to play with in the future at what colleges."

Plumlee is aware that waiting could have an impact on where he winds up going. Indiana, for example, has an impressive array of highly-ranked '11 players that are interested, but a relatively limited number of scholarship to use. Plumlee says he's aware of the situation, but isn't inclined to allow that to accelerate his decision.

"I guess I'm in a good position because I'm in no hurry to commit, and I can see how it plays out," Plumlee said. "If it doesn't work out as far as having an offer open, that's too bad. But if not, that's too bad. Just take it in stride."

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