Duke's Plumlee drafted by Brooklyn Nets

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 10:19 PM


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The Brooklyn Nets picked Duke’s Mason Plumlee in the first round of the NBA Draft Thursday night.

Plumlee, a 7-0, 238-pound center, was cheered by Nets fans who were in attendance at the Barclays Center, their home arena which was the draft site.

A second-team all-American last season, Plumlee averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds for the Blue Devils last season.

"I’m very excited about the Nets," Plumlee said. "I didn’t work out for them in the predraft process but who wouldn’t want to play here with the buzz they have going on."

Plumlee is the 26th first-round pick from Duke in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s tenure. The Blue Devils have had five first-round picks in the last three drafts, including Kyrie Irving (Cleveland, 2011), Nolan Smith (Portland, 2011), Austin Rivers (New Orleans, 2012) and Mason Plumlee’s older brother, Miles Plumlee (Indiana, 2012).

Mason Plumlee will play for Jason Kidd, the former NBA all-star guard who is in his first season as Brooklyn’s head coach.

“When you talk about Mason,” Kidd said in an interview with ESPN, “he comes from a great program in Duke. He comes from one of the best coaches in Coach K. He’s a coach’s dream and I’m happy he’s on board.”