And just like that, the 2008-09 Duke Blue Devils have some size in the paint.
We decided to take a break from our summer break to talk a little Plumlee.
First, let’s state right off the bat, this kid is not the savior. He’s good, don’t get us wrong, but he’s not a Patrick Patterson-type. He has a lot to learn about being a post-player in the paint. At best, he appears to be a stronger (leaner), more athletic Josh McRoberts. The big difference is, he doesn’t need to be the savior, he doesn’t need to be the #1 option. Miles will have three jobs; rebounds, defend (cough, cough, block shots) and when shots aren’t falling outside, score in the paint.
Depending on who you read, Miles is either the 17th best incoming PF (Scout) or the 29th best PF coming in (Rivals). My best opinion guess…somewhere in the middle. According to Scout (and keep in mind, who knows when they last updated this):
Part of a state championship team as a junior. Native of Indiana. Productive basketball player who can do things on offense and will block his share of shots at the other end. Versatile player. Strength will help him expand his game.