I will say I have no idea because I have not seen Miles Plumlee or any Duke player on a court since they were standing around with that "deer in the headlights" look versus Villanova in March. Still, does anyone think this sounds..I don't know...a bit cocky?
Duke sophomore forward Miles Plumlee exudes a lot of confidence for a guy who averaged just 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds and didn’t even play in 13 games last season.
"I know there’s no one faster than me at my size," said Plumlee, who has undergone a significant offseason transformation.
Along with his brother, freshman Mason Plumlee, Miles was named as a likely frontcourt starter for Duke on Thursday by coach Mike Krzyzewski. Miles has added about 15 pounds to his 6-foot-10 frame and increased his standing vertical jump from 32 inches to 36 inches.
He now has the highest vertical jump on the team. He also said that along with his brother and senior Lance Thomas, he gives Duke unusual speed at the forward positions.
"I don’t think people realize how fast we are," Plumlee said. "We’re going to be able to keep up with everyone in the open court. We’re big, long and athletic."
As I said, I have no idea. I do expect Duke's interior game will be much improved(obligatory: that is not saying much) but whether it is as great as Miles Plumlee is making it sound here remains to be seen. I do know I have seen Ed Davis play, a lot and it will be interesting to see how Plumlee's new-found speed and leaping ability do against a more mature version of this: