Duke Men’s Basketball Players Credit Christ School (Asheville, NC) for Basketball Opportunity
The tough family (and locally unpopular) decision to move Mason and Miles Plumlee from their public school to a boarding school certainly paid off.
After seeing that the boys’ playing time in their local school would be limited behind senior team members, Perky Plumlee made the decision to send the boys to Christ School (a boys boarding school in Asheville, NC) for greater basketball and academic opportunities.
“…A leaper in his playing days, Perky Plumlee orchestrated his sons’ jump to Christ School. While at the Asheville, N.C., airport on a business trip he saw a billboard for the school with scenes of students enjoying the outdoors. In a coincidence, an old friend had sent his children there.” (Brothers From Duke Arrive After A Detour, New York Times)
As forwards, both boys saw regular minutes during the regular season and were in the shallow rotation for the NCAA championship game.
Mason told The New York Times: “I’m not sure I would be at Duke if I never went down there…I had a great high school experience,” crediting his Christ School time for his success. (NYT)
“The Plumlees’ youngest son, Marshall, is a 6-11 center at Christ School and one of the top-rated juniors in the country.” (NYT)
Player Bios at Goduke.com:
Finally, I found this mixtape of Mason on Youtube from his high school playing days:
Photo credit: Melissa Yeo