Stein: Plumlee a favorite for Team USA

ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Thursday that Mason Plumlee has emerged as a favorite of Mike Krzyzewski in his quest to make Team USA’s World Cup-bound squad.

Writes Stein in his latest blog:

That count only stretches to nine if you include two players USAB sources say have emerged as Krzyzewski favorites -- Golden State's Klay Thompson and Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee -- and then presume Rose and DeMarcus Cousins (bruised knee) will be healthy enough to fulfill their planned roles.

Krzyzewski, of course, coached Plumlee at Duke, so he knows what the second-year big man is going to bring to the table.

And Plumlee has been impressive after being promoted to Team USA from the Select Team roster.