Louisville's offer surprised Mason Plumlee

Rick Pitino recently offered Arden, North Carolina junior forward Mason Plumlee, who is planning to visit U of L in the near future. Louisville's offer certainly excited the 6-foot-9, 210 pound four-star 2009 prospect – and caught him by surprise.

Rick Pitino recently offered Arden, North Carolina junior forward Mason Plumlee. Louisville's offer certainly excited the 6-foot-9, 210 pound four-star 2009 prospect – and caught him by surprise.

"After our tournament in Louisville and after nationals, Coach Pitino's son called and offered," Plumlee told InsideTheVille.com. "It was exciting getting the offer. It kind of caught me by surprise cause I really wasn't expecting it. I saw him (Richard) and his dad at a couple of my games this summer, but I figured they were watching someone else. So it was definitely surprising."

Nope, Mason, the Pitino's were in the gym to watch you. Plumlee had a nice summer and already holds offers from Georgetown, Indiana, Miami, Notre Dame, Wake Forest and Northwestern.

Plumlee spoke with Pitino Wednesday on the phone and said he's planning to visit Louisville in the near future.

"I just talked to Coach Pitino yesterday and I plan on visiting Louisville sometime in the fall," he said. "They want me to come down and watch them workout. I've got to talk with my mom and get it figured out when I can get up there because I go to a school in North Carolina and it's sort of hard. We're thinking maybe driving down and then coming back."

It won't be Plumlee's first visit to the ‘Ville.

"About a year and half ago I visited (Louisville)," Plumlee said. "They just showed us around. It's a really nice place. We were down there for a few days and saw two or three games."

On the court, Plumlee prefers to face the basket, but worked hard to round out his game this summer playing for Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Blessed IJN.

"I try to be an inside/out guy," Plumlee said. "I have a lot to work on defensively, but I think I've become a better rebounder over the summer and I'm also now more of a shot blocker."

Besides his recent offer from Louisville, Plumlee also recently picked up offers from Michigan and Iowa. With interest in his recruitment widening, Plumlee said he's in no hurry to rush into a decision.

"I'm starting to hear from a lot of schools," Plumlee said. "I'm pretty open. I don't plan on making a decision any time soon, but it's really gotten busy here in the past couple months. I'm just listening to what everyone has to say."


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