Drummond plans to leave for NBA

Freshman Andre Drummond arrived at UConn last fall as an NBA prospect. He will leave as a projected lottery pick.

Drummond will enter the 2012 NBA Draft, departing after just one season in Storrs, according to a source and several reports. An official announcement will be made either later today or Friday.

An athletic 6-foot-10, 270-pound center from Middletown, Drummond is the first UConn player to jump to the NBA after his freshman year. He attended St. Thomas More in Oakdale for two seasons before committing to UConn last August.

Drummond had an inconsistent season, averaging 10 points, a team-high 7.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game while appearing in all 34 games, starting 30. He was more a defensive force than offensive weapon. The bulk of his points came off dunks. He converted 53.8 percent from the field but just 29.5 percent from the foul line.

NBA scouts love Drummond’s potential. Most mock drafts predict Drummond will be selected in the top five.

He is the second UConn player this week to turn pro, joining sophomore Jeremy Lamb.

The departure of Drummond and forward-center Alex Oriakhi, who is transferring, leaves the Huskies short-handed in the frontcourt for next season.


Reader Comments


Pre-game preview: Duke

Tonight’s game pits the defending national champion against a serious national championship contender.UConn is a decisive underdog.

UConn-Duke connections

Let’s talk UConn-Duke connections.The Huskies (4-3) and undefeated Blue Devils (9-0) renew their rivalry Thursday night in East Rutherford, N.J.

Post-game breakdown: Coppin State

Not sure if Sunday afternoon’s shootout made UConn basketball fans feel better or worse about their Huskies.

Pre-game preview: Coppin State

UConn needs a bounce back game in a big way today.Coppin State hasn't beaten a Division I team so far this season.

Post-game breakdown: Yale

Coach Kevin Ollie delivered a blunt assessment of his basketball following a second straight last-second loss.Yale 45, UConn 44.

Pre-game preview: Yale

It seems like an eternity since UConn last lost to an in-state foe.You have to go back to 1986.

Boatright in a rush to return, and other UConn news

Senior Ryan Boatright is not 100 percent healthy.

Injury updates on Boatright, Purvis, Calhoun

UConn sent along some injury updates today.

Post-game breakdown, video: Texas

UConn saw its 44-game non-conference winning streak at Gampel Pavilion end in stunning fashion on Sunday.

Pre-game preview: Texas

Here at Gampel Pavilion for showdown between No. 24 UConn and No. 7 Texas.

Ollie lifts suspensions, plus more UConn news

Some UConn basketball news from Friday:

UConn returns to Maui in 2016

Looking for a great road trip?Then plan on joining the UConn men's basketball team in Hawaii in 2016.

Adams, Enoch send letters

Rest easy, UConn basketball fans.Jalen Adams and Steve Enoch, two future Huskies, have sent their signed letters of intent to UConn.

Post-game breakdown: Bryant University

Here’s your post-game breakdown of UConn’s 66-53 season-opening victory over Bryant University:

Pre-game preview: Bryant University

College basketball season is finally here.