Drummond tweets talk of entering draft
Published: Friday, April 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012 23:04
According to reports from across the state, freshman center Andre Drummond will leave UConn and enter the NBA Draft.
Multiple media outlets in Connecticut have reported that Drummond will be the first Husky to leave after his freshman season and go to the NBA. Neither the school nor Drummond released an official statement, but Drummond retweeted congratulatory remarks directed to his account. According to The Hartford Courant’s Dom Amore, sources close to Drummond said he will become the first one-and-done player in Storrs history.
“It’s the decision of a lifetime,” a source told The Courant.
One source told the Connecticut Post’s Kevin Duffy that the postseason ban for the 2013 NCAA tournament factored heavily into his decision. Other media outlets across the state have also confirmed the report through sources.
Drummond’s potential, size and athleticism makes him a lock for a high draft pick. The freshman came to Storrs in August after tweeting his intentions to reclassify and join the defending national champions. He struggled at times this season, but still averaged 10 points and 7.6 rebounds in 34 games, playing with a broken nose at the beginning of the season. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound center from Middletown was selected to the Big East All-Rookie team. Drummond, who attended St. Thomas More and Capital Prep, was named the Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year. He was rated the nation’s No. 1 prospect by Scout.com and the No. 2 recruit by ESPNU and was the highest rated recruit to ever commit to Jim Calhoun.
Drummond becomes the 15th UConn player to leave early for the pros. Nadav Henefeld left UConn after one season in 1990, but played professionally in Israel, his home country. Ater Majok spent two seasons in Storrs, but was only able to play in one of them. Following the 2010 season, Majok played professionally overseas before being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.
Sophomore Jeremy Lamb declared for the NBA Draft earlier this week.