One of the more impressive performers at this year's McDonald's All-American practices; Marshall Plumlee
(#67 Scout, #82 Rivals, #37 ESPN) exceeded expectations relative to his modest recruiting rankings with his athleticism and aggressiveness.
Sporting a long frame with great potential for growth and an athletic profile similar in many ways to his brother, 2008 McDonald's All-American Mason Plumlee
, Marshall is an impressive specimen for a big man his age. A bit taller than his older brothers at nearly 7'0, he clearly needs to continue packing on muscle to help battle inside the paint, but he's made tremendous progress in that area already over the past year or so, and will likely continue to do so as his body fills out in time.
Despite his lack of strength relative to the more physically mature players he'll be matching up with in the ACC next season, Plumlee isn't afraid to mix it up down low. Though he converted many of his touches this week facing-up and using his quickness to create separation for his hook shot, he was equally as impressive fighting for position when crashing the offensive glass, finishing in traffic with his tremendous explosiveness, and scrapping for loose balls.
Stepping away from the basket, Plumlee knocked down a few face-up jump shots, but was primarily looking to put the ball on the ground when he got a touch on the block. He hasn't been known to try to impose his will offensively in the past, but showed an unexpected assertiveness here that could set him apart from his brothers. If Marshall can continue to play with the aggression he did this week, gain some weight, and polish his skill level, he could be a great asset for Coach K down the road.
Defensively, Plumlee's potential was very clear. He's a good rebounder in his area already and showed a fine energy level. His physical tools competitiveness will help him in the college game, and with some added strength and experience, he'll fit in just fine with the coaching he'll receive in Durham.
Considering Plumlee may be competing with both his brothers for playing time next season, as well as with fellow McDonald's All-American Ryan Kelly
, he may not be looking at extensive playing time early in his career, but with his size, athleticism, and budding skill-set, he's a definite prospect to keep an eye on down the road.