The Plumlee brothers were beloved by Duke fans, and derided by most others during their college basketball careers. You won’t find many putting Marshall Plumlee, the youngest of the three former Blue Devil big men, down though.
Plumlee has had his sights on an eventual military career since his time at Duke. In college, he was a member of ROTC alongside the Blue Devils men’s basketball program.
He was initially set to join the Army after his graduation. Somewhat surprisingly, the NBA came calling, putting that plan on delay.
Plumlee had cups of coffee with the New York Knicks in 2016-17, and the Milwaukee Bucks in 2018, with some G League stops in between. He last played for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ affiliate.
Now, it appears his NBA career is over after 29 career games, and he’s making that jump to the military.
Per CBS Sports, Marshall Plumlee has graduated from U.S. Army Ranger School, and he’s set to join one of the military’s elite units.
From the NBA to leading the way! Proud of today’s Ranger School graduates including 2LT Marshall Plumlee. RLTW! pic.twitter.com/eVdGneJqmo
— David Hodne (@Dave_Hodne) August 30, 2019
Back in 2011, Plumlee was a McDonald’s All-American. During his junior year at Duke, he helped the Blue Devils capture a national championship. The following year, he played over 30 minutes a game, and was a key contributor to a Sweet 16 club.
Now, after getting a taste of NBA life, he’s off to fulfill one of his other major life goals. That’s pretty impressive stuff.