Plumlee feels advantage of playing for Coach K

Plumlee feels advantage of playing for Coach K
May 31, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Miles Plumlee’s best game as an NBA rookie came against the Wizards, when he scored four points in a 19-point loss for the Indiana Pacers on April 6.

He made 14 appearances and spent most of his time with the D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

His brother, Mason Plumlee who also is a forward from Duke, is expected to be a lottery pick come June 27. Miles was taken 26th in 2012.

“He said take advantage of the workouts. Get in great shape,” Mason said.

So confident he is that he’ll be selected in the lottery, Plumlee didn't do drills with the ball at the pre-draft combine in Chicago two weeks ago.

Having played four years for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has given Plumlee the confidence that he’s not only NBA ready but lottery-worthy. Krzyzewski has led USA Basketball to gold medals in the last two Olympics.

“He’s coached pros. In the last six or seven summers he’s been coaching LeBron (James), Kobe (Bryant), (Kevin) Durant, all those guys so he tells us what they do, their work habits, their mental approach to the game,” said Plumlee, who averaged 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and shot 60% last season. “That’s wisdom that not a lot of college coaches can share.”

Plumlee is 7-0 in shoes and probably skilled enough to stick on an NBA roster, though he doesn't blow anyone away with his athleticism. He should make more of an impact than his brother. 

Unless the WIzards trade down -- they interviewed Plumlee at the pre-draft combine in Chicago two weeks ago -- they will not take him third overall in the first round.