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Being a 7 footer is not a teachable asset but what do we really know about MP3â€²s game? Not a whole lot. Playing only sparingly during his first official active year due to injury, most have written off Marshall but true Duke fans know that one of Coach Kâ€˜s mottos is â€œrun your own raceâ€ and we as fans need to give Marshall the space to do that without dismissing him for not being his brothers. The few times we actually got to see Marshall Plumlee on the court it was not a thing of beauty but what I hope is that in the same fashion as Brian Zoubek before him, better late than never. Marshall has a great attitude, is not down on himself and has the physical skills to compete. If he can marry that positive attitude with a couple of go-to post moves he should have a solid season either in a starting or back-up role.
Itâ€™s one thing to be a 7 footer, itâ€™s completely another to play like a 7 footer. Hopefully, Marshall will embrace â€œbeing bigâ€ something Iâ€™ve heard Coach K, on more than one occasion, have to say to a Duke big man â€“ “play big, be big”. Some of this applies to offense and some to defense. Catching and keeping the ball high on offense, away from slapping hands is a must for Plumlee, having the core strength to not have to gather himself before going up for put-backs or off of post passes is a trait that could come in handy for the 7 footer. The benefits of playing with Quinn Cook at the guard position should pay dividends for Marshall should he get adequate time on the court. Cook has the ability to deliver the ball to Marshall at the optimal position for him to be successful, that may be the key to productive offense, defensively if he can stay out of foul trouble, and move his feet he can be a shot altering big and that is really all he needs to be.
With Marshall now resuming full-court basketball activities as of this week, the rush is on to get him ready for the season and if he finds a way to give Duke good minutes Duke can kill all the talk about not having a true big.