Despite the widespread speculation that Andre Drummond might possibly choose to enroll in college this upcoming year, he announced today that he would merely be changing prep schools.
The 6'10" big man will be leaving St. Thomas More in Connecticut and heading to Massachusetts to enroll at Wilbraham & Monson, the same school that undeclared 2012 point guard Kris Dunn will be attending this fall.
Drummond explained his rationale by telling ESPN.com that he just wanted to "focus on basketball and get a chance to be a kid."
He also relinquished a list of five colleges he was considering, which included UConn, Kentucky, Louisville, Georgetown and West Virginia.
The fact that he finally released a list is surprising, considering the fact that he'll more than likely end up foregoing his collegiate career.
The reasons for this are simple.
Like most top prospects, there is no question that Drummond's ultimate goal is to get to the NBA. Regardless of what happens this year, he should be eligible to enter the 2012 NBA Draft because he will be more than 19-years-old and a year removed from his graduating class. Keep in mind that the year he spends at Wilbraham & Monson will be considered a post-grad year.
Assuming that he receives enough interest from NBA teams, Drummond will be faced with two options at the end of this season: attend college for a year (or more) or enter his name into the NBA Draft.
Given his unique situation, there is no reason to believe that Drummond will not pick the latter option. If he can go straight to the NBA after this upcoming season, why in the world wouldn't he?
Let's get this straight. I acknowledge that there are a number of top prospects out there who value their education enough to forgo the Association for a year (or more) of college, but Drummond's actions up to this point give no indication that he would be a member of this minority.
If he were really serious about attending college, he would have done so this fall. It simply does not make sense to spend what basically amounts to a fifth year in high school and then spend an additional year in college before making the leap to the NBA.
It doesn't make financial sense, it doesn't make practical sense and it doesn't make chronological sense.
Many will argue that a year of college would help him prepare for the rigors of the NBA. I would have to agree, but at this point it really doesn't matter. He has already made the decision to attend prep school for another year, and the fact that he already has an NBA body will be enough for a number of teams to be willing to take a flier on him in next year's draft.
The fact that Drummond has formulated a list of colleges means very little. At best, it's a plan B if his goal of entering the draft for some reason falls through. It is reminiscent of the days of the none-and-done, when elite level players would flirt with a few universities before ultimately deciding to head to the NBA.
The only chance of Drummond enrolling in college is if the rules are changed in the new collective bargaining agreement or if NBA teams suddenly turn conservative and are scared off by him being an unknown quantity, but knowing the league's affinity for drafting off of potential, that isn't a likely scenario.