Curry and Plumlee a rare combo for Duke
Posted February 14, 2013
Mike Krzyzewski has a unique situation at Duke this season. His best players are also his most experienced players, and they're seniors.
Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry are rarities in today's college basketball. They dwell in the college game's Goldilocks zone - a place inhabited by players good enough to be stars in college, but whose draft stock was never so high as to induce them into making an early exit for the NBA.
Timed right, a team led by these kinds of players can do great things.
Duke's fortunes this year will be tied to their performance. When Curry and Plumlee struggled against Carolina, so did Duke. And when the duo turned it on in the second half, things went well.
In a world in which the most talented players are "one-and-done," gone are the days when you hear: "He's only a junior." Most elite players are NBA millionaires by the time they would have been seniors in college. Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng are two Duke examples.
But there are still cases of players who take longer to develop, and getting these types of foundation players can be key for the long-term success of a program. Duke has two of them this season in Curry and Plumlee, and the 2nd-ranked Blue Devils are reaping the benefits.