Nets general manager Billy King tapped into his Duke roots Thursday night, plucking Mason Plumlee off the board with the No. 22 pick in the NBA draft.
Plumlee, a 6-10 center who played for four seasons at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski, is a good post player and should add to the Nets' frontline depth. He averaged 9.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in his college career.
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A 2012-13 consensus second-team All-American, Plumlee averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds as a senior.
"We are very excited about Mason," new Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "We got the best player available at that spot."
Said King, "I have had the pleasure of seeing him play quite a bit. I've been to quite a few Duke games and had a chance to talk to Coach K. We like what he can bring. [He has] athletic ability, can run the floor and get up and down, a great kid.''
Plumlee said he was a bit surprised the Nets selected him because he didn't have much contact with them leading up to the draft. He did have one interview with some of the team's brass, but Plumlee wasn't expecting to hear David Stern call his name when the Nets' pick came up at about 10 p.m.
"I'm very excited about the Nets," Plumlee said. "I didn't work out for them during the draft process, but who wouldn't want to play for them?"
He added, "I'm so excited. I'm looking forward to summer league , camp . . . All that is coming at me so fast. I'm just excited about it . . . A lot of emotions, but I couldn't be happier with the result."