Forward Mason Plumlee, a speculated pre-season starter for the Duke Blue Devils, could return to the Duke lineup as early as Wednesday, according to a Twitter post by Duke guard Nolan Smith Saturday evening. “My boy, Mason Plumlee may be back, and ready to play by Wednesday!! I cant wait for his debut!” Smith said. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski did not mention a date for Plumlee’s return after Duke’s 68-57 win in the NIT Tip-Off’s championship game versus University of Connecticut. “We’re still missing one of our kids. Mason Plumlee who I think will be a big addition to our team,” the coach said.
Plumlee, the younger brother of forward and starter Miles Plumlee, broke his wrist in a pre-season practice while attempting to dunk over senior Lance Thomas. Duke plays Wisconsin Wednesday night in Madison as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. the 9:15 p.m. contest will be televised on ESPN.