DURHAM, N.C. Ė Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced on Tuesday that Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee signed national letters of intent to play basketball for the Blue Devils beginning in the fall of 2009.
“Ryan [Kelly] and Mason [Plumlee] are both terrific young men and outstanding basketball players,” said Krzyzewski. “We are excited about them joining our program and look forward to watching them continue to grow and develop on and off the court.”
The two signees give Duke the No. 5 signing class as rated by scout.com. Both players were ranked high on recruiting websites. Kelly, a 6’9” forward from Ravenscroft High School in Raleigh, N.C., is rated in the top 20 overall by scout.com (No. 11), ESPN.com (No. 12) and rivals.com (No. 20). He was also listed as the No. 3 power forward by scout.com and No. 8 power forward by rivals.com. Plumlee, a 6-10 forward out of Christ High School in Arden, N.C., is ranked in the top 20 by ESPN.com (No. 9) and scout.com (No. 19) and is listed as the No. 42 player by rivals.com. He is also rated the No. 6 power forward by scout.com and No. 13 power forward by rivals.com
Kelly has tallied 1,183 points, 594 rebounds, 148 assists, 116 steals and a school record 267 blocked shots in 87 career games at Ravenscroft. As a junior, he averaged 23.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.0 blocks while leading his team to a 24-6 record and fifth place finish in the state in 2007-08. He was named the 2008 conference player of the year and was an All-State first team selection. In his sophomore season, Kelly averaged 14.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.9 blocks while leading Ravenscroft to an eighth place finish in the state and 18-11 record. He was an all-conference selection.
Kelly’s parents, Chris and Doreen, each played college sports. Chris played basketball at Yale from 1981-85 and went on to play three years in the French professional league. Doreen played volleyball at Villanova and the University of Pennsylvania.
Plumlee will join his older brother, Miles, on the Duke basketball team for the 2009-10 season. Miles is a freshman forward for the Blue Devils this season.
Mason Plumlee has helped lead Christ School to back-to-back state championships in 2007 and 2008. His team compiled a 34-2 record last season with Plumlee averaging 12.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game to earn a NCISAA 3A All-State selection and All-WNC first team honors by the Asheville Citizen-Times. Plumlee helped guide Christ School to a 29-4 record and the state title in 2007 as a sophomore. He attended Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, Ind. as a freshman.
Kelly and Plumlee were both members of the 2008 USA U18 National Team this past summer. The team went 4-1 and captured the silver medal at the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Formosa, Argentina. Kelly started all five games, while averaging 8.6 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game. He had two double-doubles with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Venezuela and 12 points and 10 rebounds against Canada in the semifinals. Plumlee averaged 5.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. He recorded a double-double against the Bahamas with 14 points and 14 rebounds.