There were rumors linking Andre Drummond to UConn this fall which Andy Katz has reported won't be happening. Drummond attends school in Connecticut and is ESPN's top recruit for 2012.
The 6'11" center will instead be attending graduate school at St. Thomas Moore.
“I'm not going to sit around and play games with the coaches,” Drummond said. “I'm not going to tell them I'm interested when I'm not. It's just what I want to do. I don't want to make everything hectic; I want it to be smooth."
He is said to be interested in North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, UConn and Florida. However as the player isn’t interested in any colleges, these schools are probably more interested in him than he is them.
Drummond had a chance to graduate high school early, as he has completed most of the work, and enroll in college this fall but chose to attend St. Thomas More instead. Hence the speculation that UConn might have been for his services.
Kyrie Irving played in 11 college basketball games this season and was chosen first in the 2011 NBA draft.
Enes Kanter sat out a year at Kentucky after being ruled ineligible and supplanted Brandon Knight as the third pick by the Utah Jazz.
Four relatively unknown European players were chosen with the top-seven picks in the very same draft. Even though most lottery-drafted European players tend to have successful careers, in Europe.
Maybe Drummond has seen this trend and realized that if people don't know much about him he could be next year's No. 1 pick.
However that’s one assumption. An NBA season is 82 games. Players must take pride in their skills and love competing. If he was really any good he would want to play against the best available competition, which right now is in the NCAA.
Most high school players 6'10" and taller that can dunk a basketball, will always dominate any recruiting lists.
Jeremy Tyler tried something different and now faces a more uncertain NBA future as he was chosen in the second round of the draft last week. Many recruiting analysts thinks that if he had enrolled at Louisville for a year he would be a first-round pick.
Latavious Williams skipped college to play in the D-League. He was drafted in the second round in 2001 and has yet to sign an NBA contract to date while still playing in the D League.
There are set channels for American born players, if a player bucks this trend he better have a very good reason or the assumption would be that he are not as good as advertised.
What about Brandon Jennings? He had to go to Italy due to academic issues.
Maybe Drummond might be the real deal, but right now he is in a class with Fab Melo and Kwame Browne. One slipped through the NBA net and was drafted first overall, the other got caught and will have to go a long way to get back to his previous position.
What do they all have in common? They all had a lot of potential until someone put them to the test. At this point, Drummond has yet to be tested so he may be the exception.