Duke Junior forward Mason Plumlee has elected to return to school for his senior season. After speculation that Plumlee was considering leaving school early to pursue a career in the NBA, he put an end to all questions by posting to his Twitter page today (@masonplumlee), “I’m excited about the chance to play for Duke one more season. Thanks for all the support, I’m blessed to be here!” Plumlee was an integral part of Duke’s success throughout the year, averaging 10.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG, and 1.6 BPG en route to third-team All-ACC honors. In addition to his season averages, Plumlee also finished tied for third in the ACC in rebounding, and also finished third in double-doubles with 12 and double-figure rebounding games with 16.
Plumlee has the opportunity to finish his Duke career as one of the premier rebounders in Duke history. Currently sitting at 726 career rebounds, he needs just 274 more rebounds to become the 8th Blue Devil in program history to record 1,000 rebounds. Plumlee also just needs 231 points to become the 61st Blue Devil to score 1,000 career points. Plumlee will anchor the frontcourt next year along with fellow senior starter Ryan Kelly. In addition to Plumlee and Kelly, the Blue Devils will also return two more starters from last year’s team, Seth Curry and Tyler Thornton. Duke will also benefit from having redshirt freshmen Alex Murphy and Mason’s younger brother Marshall to bolster their bench. Incoming freshmen Rasheed Sulaimon will also be expected to compete for playing time with Andre Dawkins at the combo-guard spot, an will need to provide a scoring punch due to the departure of Austin Rivers.