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Prospect Profile

Andre Drummond

  • Full Name: Andre Drummond
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-11 / 275
  • Birthdate: August 10, 1993
  • College: Connecticut
Detroit Pistons Round 1: Pick 9

* Long
* Athletic
* Good shot blocker
* Good rebounder
* Pro body

* Inconsistent
* Horrendous free-throw shooter
* Has to focus more on scoring in the paint, not being reliant on face-up shots

NBA projection:
Many draft analysts have asked the question: To what extreme might Drummond be compared to later-day NBA big men, Dwight Howard or Kwame Brown? The answer is safely in the middle, though it is still way too early to tell. Drummond came into the college game with a ton of hype, which would be hard for a lot of players to live up to. Unlike fellow heralded freshman big man Anthony Davis, Drummond’s adjustment was slow, and he was inconsistent. So it’s still hard to evaluate him, except to say this: He’s no Kwame Brown. He’s way too athletic for that. Drummond will probably be taken among the top 5 picks based largely on his potential.

2011-12 Season:
Drummond’s last two games were a microcosm of his season. After contributing 14 points, 10 boards and three blocked shots in a Big East Tournament game against Syracuse, he accounted for just two points and three rebounds in a second-round NCAA Tournament loss to Iowa State. Suffice it to say, the big man was inconsistent. Still, he managed to finish third in the Big East in blocked shots, fifth in field-goal percentage and 10th in rebounding and land a spot on the league’s all-rookie team.

Key statistics:
10.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.4 apg, 1.5 tpg, 0.8 spg, 2.7 bpg, 28.4 mpg, .538 FG, .295 FT

Cool statistic:
Drummond had 10 double-doubles in his only collegiate season, a UConn freshman record under coach Jim Calhoun.

Reminds me of:
DeAndre Jordan

What Insiders Say
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun

“I’d like to see Andre go after more of them [after Drummond blocked four shots against Pitt in the Big East regular-season finale]. I think he’s capable of even more of that. He just has to understand how good he is, and understand what an effect the shot block has on a team and on a game. But he did get some really key ones today.”

Connecticut assistant coach George Blaney
“I would like to see [UConn get the ball to Drummond] about 15 more times. And I would like to see Andre get in position to do it 15 more times. He’s still learning how to get position. We’re trying to teach about how to offensive box-out. And that’s what he needs to do a little bit more, because he is so effortless with how he can rise up and catch it. And he catches everything. He doesn’t miss anything when he hands are around it. So the more times we can do it, we put a bunch of plays in to get that particular situation, and we’re just trying to get to it more and more.”

What Outsiders Say
Iowa State coach Fred Hoibert
“Drummond, his size, you don't see many people that can run the floor like him and get off the ground. He's going to be a big-time pro just because of the size that he has. I remember seeing him last year on the AAU circuit, and first time I saw him, your jaw hits the floor.

“Not only is he big, but he's one of those bigs that gets up and down the floor. You don't see that a lot with the guys that size. They throw him alley-oops, he beats his man to the rim. It doesn't look like he ever gets tired either. He poses a big problem."

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
“He’s physical down low. We wanted to foul him, but we couldn’t get to him to foul him. We just couldn’t get to him. Around the basket he’s tough.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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