Power forward and center for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, Mason Plumlee is an excellent example of both athleticism and academic commitment.
Born on March 5, 1990, the 29-year-old player attended Christ School in Arden, North Carolina – a boarding school – along with his older brother Miles, also a professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks. During his teen years, Plumlee helped lead his high school team to three North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships and a record of 99-8; he was named a McDonald’s All-American in 2009 after averaging 15.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.5 blocks per game.
Plumlee also earned a silver medal with the 2008 USA U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas Under-18 championship.
After high school, Plumlee went on to attend Duke University82, an institution well known for both its rigorous academic standards and its successful basketball program. As The Sportster commented in its list of the Top 20 Smartest NBA players, “Plumlee is a perfect representative of the school’s reputation in both regards.”
During his time at Duke, Plumlee dual-majored in psychology and cultural anthropology; was a part of the national championship-winning team in 2010; and was twice named an Academic All-American.
School: Duke University82