The Plumlee family had lots to celebrate in 2010, with brothers Mason and Miles emerging as key cogs in Duke's run to a national title. Now they have one more win to be grateful for: 7-foot high school senior and fellow Duke recruit Marshall Plumlee's dunk contest victory in the highly regarded City of Palms Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Marshall Plumlee, the 2011 Christ School (North Carolina) senior who is most known for his prodigious height and more famous brothers, had some truly spectacular dunks to pull out the tournament dunk title, as you can see in the video below, courtesy of ScoutsFocus.com.
As you can see, Plumlee started with a straight reverse dunk, which was simple yet effective in demonstrating his general force. What followed next was far less orthodox: A pass off the backboard to a teammate (who evidently is also a soccer player), who sent back a headed alley oop for Plumlee to send home with a nasty reverse dunk that he hurled through the rim Blake Griffin style.
Plumlee wasn't done, either. He followed up his soccer-style reverse with a powerful pump dunk, then brought his soccer-skilled teammate back out for one of the most fantastic dunks we've seen, in which the guard flipped up the ball between his feet, all as Plumlee came hurtling toward the hoop to throw down the right side of the hoop, well above the rim.
With just enough time left for one more dunk, Plumee took an assist from his teammate off the side of the backboard en route to a soaring backwards jam.
Plumlee's unique dunks may be all his own, but the high school senior admits that he's been influenced by his older brothers, who are well known for acrobatic slams like this one.
The trio of trick dunks made for one of the more impressive dunk contest rounds Prep Rally has seen, regardless of level of competition. Yet the senior wasn't done yet, either, standing in as a prop for a later dunker, who leaped over his 7-foot, towering frame en route to the rim.
Of course, Plumlee's appearance at the annual City of Palms festival has hardly been a cameo, with his Christ School fighting its way to a game for fifth place Wednesday night. With teams like top national recruit (and future Plumlee Duke teammate) Austin Rivers' Winter Park (Fla.) High also missing out on a spot in the tournament's championship game, any spot in the tournament's top five is an achievement.
The upgraded opponents have forced Plumlee to adjust his game, which he did to the tune of six blocks and two steals while being held to only five points in the Greenies' 73-61 win over Chicago power Whitney Young (Ill.) High on Tuesday.