Andre Drummond’s coaches and teammates alike found him a willing and eager listener and learner during their time at the Orlando Pro Summer League last month. Arnie Kander can confirm their assessment.

If you wonder what the guru who sees things others cannot sees in a player described by many as a physical wunderkind, it’s all good stuff.

“What an incredibly attentive young man,” the Pistons strength coach said of Drummond this week. “You ask him, ‘Andre, what did we talk about yesterday?’ He’ll repeat it, verbatim. He’s really taking it in, taking it home with him.

(Editor’s note: today starts a weekly series, Summer School, that will provide first-person accounts from Pistons rookies Andre Drummond, Kyle Singler, Khris Middleton and Kim English of their experiences as they move to Detroit and prepare for their first NBA seasons.)

The challenge to avoid a slow start last season for the Pistons stemmed from the lockout and the handicaps it imposed on their first-year head coach, who had no familiarity with any of his players. This season, the challenge for Lawrence Frank and the Pistons out of the gate will be a schedule that takes them on the road for six of their first seven games.

(Editor’s note: concludes a six-part series profiling the players who participated in Orlando Pro Summer League and project to be a part of the 2012-13 regular-season roster with a look at Kyle Singler.)

If you’re looking for an outsider with a unique insight into the Pistons’ future – or at least to the extent their future is tied to Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond – you’ll find it in an unlikely place: Hofstra assistant coach Patrick Sellers.