Arden (NC) PF Mason Plumlee has seen his stock rise among college coaches in recent months. The 6-9, 210-pounder is fielding interest from coast to coast, and as those programs see more of him, his scholarship numbers continue to slowly escalate.
"I'm hearing from Georgetown, IU (Indiana), North Carolina, and Stanford, and some other Big Ten and ACC schools," Plumlee said. "Purdue and Michigan have also been showing interest. They've been at a lot of my games. Also Notre Dame."
With his college options increasing by the week, Plumlee has the luxury of being highly discerning when it comes to what he is looking for in a program. As a self-described "face-up 4," the talented forward has his eye on programs that allow their bigs to play in an unconventional fashion.
"Definitely style of play is the biggest thing for me," Plumlee said describing the factors in his choice. "I like to see myself as an inside/out guy. I've got a lot to work on, especially in terms of my inside game. I think I could be more versatile and that's what I'm trying to work on. I want to go somewhere where I can play an inside/out role. Georgetown really stands out to me because they run the Princeton style offense. So does Northwestern. I've talked to their coaches. I kind of like that style of offense, but depending on how I develop, I could fit into a different system if I liked a particular school."
Michigan has been one of the programs trailing the junior-to-be in recent days; first at the Kentucky Hoop Fest in Louisville last week, and then at the Triple S Harley Davidson Jam Fest in Morgantown West Virginia a few days later. GoBlueWolverine was present at the Jam Fest (for those that missed the recap, click here) and it was clear that Plumlee wouldn't have to alter a thing about his game to fit into John Beilein's system. That is something that the skilled youngster noticed as well.
"Actually when (the Michigan coaches) were at West Virginia, they came to our high school open gyms quite a bit," Plumlee recalled. "Coach Dunn did. That's another style of offense I could really see myself fitting in. I know (Coach Beilein) has been successful everywhere he has gone, so I'm definitely interested."
Stanford and Indiana are two other programs that standout on Plumlee's list. The Cardinal have the advantage of having his brother as an incoming freshman in 2008. Meanwhile, Indiana boasts a number of his family members within close proximity to the school.
“I’ll watch how (Miles) does his freshman year (at Stanford), see how he likes it, what he thinks about the school,” Mason said to HoosierNation.com's John Decker recently. “When it comes time to make my decision, I’ll see what he thinks of Stanford and if he’s enjoyed it or not. But I’m planning on making my own decision.”
Indiana is enticing as well.
“It would definitely be fun to play in front of people that I’ve known growing up and my family being able to make it to the games,” Plumlee later stated in the HoosierNation interview. “Who wouldn’t want to do that? It’s definitely tempting to jump at it. It’s hard to take your time when someone like Coach Sampson offers you so early. But I figured I’d wait and see, keep an open mind, and see what everyone else has to offer for me and decide later.”
Plumlee reiterated to GoBlueWolverine down in West Virginia over the weekend that he will continue to take a patient approach to his recruitment and carefully weigh his options over time.
"I'm not doing anytime soon," he said. "So many things can happen in terms of the coaching changes and stuff. The last thing I want to do is to come in and have to decommit for some reason. I'm going to take my time and see what these schools have to offer…and take some more visits. I go to school in North Carolina so I've visited Wake Forest…I also hear form them a lot. I've visited IU a couple of times. I've been to Georgetown, Virginia, a couple of other ACC schools like N.C. State."