Drummond at Mohegan Sun Arena
|No. 1 – Detroit Pistons|
August 10, 1993 |
Mount Vernon, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||270 lb (122 kg)|
|High school||St. Thomas More
|NBA Draft||2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Andre Jamal Drummond (born August 10, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was one of the top rated basketball players in the high school class of 2011, and attended the University of Connecticut for his freshman year before declaring for the 2012 NBA Draft.
High school career
Andre Drummond started his high school career at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. During his freshman year he averaged 12.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 6.5 blocks per game. He improved during his sophomore year at Capital Prep averaging 20.2 points, 16.6 rebounds, 7.2 blocks, and 4.5 steals per game. After two great years at Capital Preparatory Magnet School he transferred to St. Thomas More. At St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Connecticut, Drummond was one of the most dominating centers in high school basketball. He spent two years at St. Thomas More and led the team to the national prep championship in 2011. He graduated in the spring that year.
In the summer of 2010, Drummond was a member of the gold medal winning United States team at the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship. He helped lead team USA to a 111-80 victory over Poland in the gold medal game.
Drummond initially declared he would spend a post-graduate year at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in 2011–12. Two weeks later on August 26, 2011, he announced via Twitter that instead intended to attend the University of Connecticut. According to ESPN, the decision "created a media frenzy due to the sheer surprise." Drummond had also been considering attending Kentucky, Louisville, Georgetown, or West Virginia.
Drummond appeared in 34 games as a freshman at UConn, starting 30 times. He averaged 28.4 minutes of playing time per game, during which he scored 10.0 points and grabbed 7.6 rebounds. He led the team in rebounds per game, blocks per game (2.7), and field goal percentage (.538). He scored 20+ points in 2 games during the season, including a 24 point performance against Holy Cross in which he shot 11-12 from the field. Drummond's collegiate career ended in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as the 9-seed Huskies fell to 8-seed Iowa State. The freshman center scored just 2 points before fouling out in 26 minutes. A month later, Drummond announced his decision to enter the 2012 NBA Draft.
Drummond was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the number 9 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Drummond possesses NBA-like size and can rebound and block shots. In 2011, ESPN wrote that he has a developing offensive game and the ability to pass the ball in a high-low setting or with his back to the basket. He can defend in the low or high post, and he is an intimidator. Drummond needs to become comfortable with his size, and avoid overaggressive play which results in foul calls.
- Biancardi, Paul; Finkelstein, Adam (August 26, 2011). "Andre Drummond to UConn surprises". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on August 27, 2011.
- Chardis, Phil (August 11, 2011). "UConn basketball: Drummond opts for post-graduate year". Journal Inquirer. "Andre Drummond, the 6-foot-11 center from Middletown who is considered to be one of the top scholastic basketball players in the country and a prime recruiting target for the University of Connecticut, announced Wednesday that he will spend a post-graduate year at Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Wilbraham, Mass.) in 2011-12."
- Demling, Jody (July 5, 2011). "Kentucky recruiting board - Class of 2012". The Courier-Journal. Archived from the original on August 27, 2011.
- "2012 Mock Draft". NBADraft.net. Sports Phenoms, Inc. August 15, 2011. Archived from the original on August 27, 2011.
- "USA Men's U17 Team Runs Away With Gold, Destroys Poland 111-80". Basketball.TeamUSA.org. July 11, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- "Despite The Class, Andre Drummond Will Still Be The Best Center". CollegiateHoops.net. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- Amore, Dom (August 26, 2011). "Drummond Heading to UConn". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
- Amore, Dom (September 1, 2011). "Drummond Officially On UConn Roster; Bradley Gives Up Scholarship". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- "Writer roundtable: Three big questions". ESPN.com. August 29, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- Borges, David (August 30, 2011). "UConn exploring options with Michael Bradley, Andre Drummond". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- "Basketball Recruiting - Andre Drummond - Player Profiles". ESPN.com. May 24, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011.(subscription required)
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