School: Connecticut | Year: Freshman | Age: 18 | Born: August 10, 1993 | Position: PF/C
Height: 6’10” | Weight: 270 | From: Middletown, CT | Best Case Scenario: Amare Stoudemire, David Robinson
This monster of an 18 year old just may end up being the next Amare Stoudemire. The 6’10” 270 lb freshman possesses an insane 7’5” wingspan paired with a 41-inch vertical leap. Drummond has amazing court instincts and is a very good passing big man. He sees plays developing before they happen and is able to anticipate his teammates movements without the ball in order to set them up for easy opportunities. He has very high basketball IQ and has great situational awareness. Drummond has A+ athleticism and could come into the NBA as one of the most athletic centers in the history of the sport. His enormous wingspan and vertical leap make him an exceptional shot-blocker, and his high motor allows him to make blocks coming from the weak-side as well as faced up on defense.
Drummond has great body control and can make body adjustments in the air to help him to finish at the rim. He has great hands that allow him to catch quick passes around the rim and finish with precision. He is a point guards dream teammate and catches and finishes virtually everything you throw him above the hoop.
Drummond runs the court very well and possesses impressive foot speed and acceleration, running in explosive bursts that few big men can defend. Dominant on the fast break, he would be a perfect fit in a system with high emphasis on transition offense.
He is very comfortable with the turn-around jumper but needs to work on his jump shot more if he wants to be an absolute threat with the basketball. He has a good hook shot that is developing and is beginning to look more comfortable with his back to the basket. Drummond has all the tools to become an elite defender against both power forwards and centers in the NBA.
Free throw shooting was a huge problem this year as he shot a miserable 30% from the line, but his shooting mechanics are fairly good so there is a lot of room for growth in his shooting. This season, Drummond became the first UConn freshman to record 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game since Caron Butler in 2000-2001.
Andre Drummond was the early favorite to go #1 in this upcoming draft, but was still very raw this year and was unable to consistently dominate opponents. He has the potential to be an all-decade player and the only thing that could stop him from becoming a perennial all-star in the NBA is a lack of effort or problems off the court. He has been praised by coaches for his good work effort so right now the sky is the limit.
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