Andre Drummond is headed to the NBA.
Andre Drummond is headed to the NBA, making him the first one-and-done player in UConn history, according to the CT Post's Kevin Duffy. There was speculation that Drummond might return to Storrs -- he certainly seemed to be more likely to do so than the recently departed Jeremy Lamb -- but with UConn banned from next year's NCAA tournament and a high lottery pick assured, it's hard to blame Drummond for his decision.
Drummond may not have lived up to his billing as the most-hyped recruit in UConn history, but he did put together a solid -- if inconsistent -- freshman effort. He averaged a little over 10 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and he started playing better basketball toward the back end of the Big East season. His physical tools are undeniable and if he's able to match them with real basketball skills at the next level he has the chance to be a truly dominant player.
As for the Huskies, this leaves them with three open scholarships going in to next year (one will presumably be filled by New York guard Omar Calhoun), which is good because UConn has a massive gaping hole in the front court. If the 2012-13 season started tomorrow your starting center would be either Michael Bradley or Enosch Wolf as your starting center. UConn may not be able to entice recruits with the promise of a 2013 tournament berth, but if there are any big men out there looking for playing time, Storrs is the place for them.
Drummond may be UConn's first one-and-done, but it's important to note that this doesn't have the mercenary feel that has taken over so much of college athletics. Drummond was from Middletown. He was a UConn fan, and even if it took him a lot of time to make his decision, it was pretty clear he was always coming to UConn. I'm happy that we got the chance to have him as a Husky and I hope he enjoyed his time in Storrs.
Personally, I had a lot of fun watching Drummond this year. He rarely put everything together (which was a theme of the entire team), but you could see flashes of brilliance and the constant parade of alley-oops was fun to watch. I'll be sure to follow him at the next level and we wish him the best.