JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Many years ago, before "Krzyzewski" became a name most basketball fans could spell, Millard "Perky" Plumlee met Leslie Schultz at Purdue's basketball camp.
They were working there as counselors in 1979. She played collegiately for Purdue. He played at Tennessee Tech but was from West Lafayette, Ind.
When he met her, he thought she was prettier than any of the women playing basketball at his school. Nothing more came of that initial attraction, at least not right away. But they were destined to share a charmed life with the sport that brought them together as a constant focal point for them and the children they would raise.
Flash forward to last weekend's ACC Tournament semifinals in Greensboro.
Duke freshman forward Mason Plumlee, all 6 feet 10 of him, was barreling down the court with the ball on a 2-on-1 break against Miami.
He tossed a perfect alley-oop pass over the hapless defender to where only his teammate could grab it. Miles Plumlee, a 6-10 sophomore center and Mason's older brother, grabbed the pass out of the air and slammed it home.
In the stands behind the Duke bench at the Greensboro Coliseum, Perky and Leslie stood up and cheered. To their right, a younger, bigger taller Plumlee brother stood, clapping vigorously.
Marshall Plumlee is a 7-foot junior who just led Christ School in Arden, N.C., to its fourth straight NCISAA private schools state title. He, too, has scholarship offers to play basketball at many Division I schools, including Duke.
His older brothers have been key reserves on a Duke team that's has won the ACC regular-season and tournament titles. They appear to be the future for the Blue Devils in the frontcourt, but they're also key parts of the No. 1-seeded Blue Devils' present, which includes a second-round NCAA Tournament game Sunday against No. 8 California.