Center Andre Drummond, the top high school recruit, tweeted: "Husky Fam welcome me cause I'm coming this year!!"
This is breaking news when a few weeks ago Drummond had announced that he committed to Massachusetts Prep School instead of taking his talents to a year in college. Many were disappointed by the fact that we couldn't see this physical specimen at the college level. It seemed as though Drummond did not want to expose any of his weaknesses against far superior talent in college, but in actuality, this move can help improve on his game.
At 6'11" and 260 lbs, Drummond is very reminiscent of Amar'e Stoudemire and Dwight Howard. He has the power and athleticism, as well as a post game. Pending the NBA lockout and rule changes in eligibility, Drummond will most likely be a one-and-done and be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft. The NBA is dry of all star quality centers, and he could definitely compete with Howard as the best center for years to come.
Now looking at the NCAA champion UConn Huskies, who lost one of the greatest college players ever in Kemba Walker, we had a preseason top-10-ranked team to defend their championship. With a new college star at the helms in guard Jeremy Lamb, the Huskies were poised to stay in the top 10.
Many felt that this team would have a good chance in winning the ever so tough Big East and possibly competing with the stacked teams of North Carolina and Kentucky. With the addition of Drummond, this team is now going to win the Big East and repeat as champs.
Last year we saw Jeremy Lamb carry this team through stretches during the tournament. Their was also the pure point guard skills of Shabazz Napier and now Alex Oriakhi can go back to his natural position of power forward. We haven't seen a talent at center like this since Ohio State's Greg Oden, and Oden led his team to the final game only to come up short.
Drummond has so much more talent then Oden had at this age, and is even more athletic. When you look at the bigs for the Tar Heels in Zeller and Henson, they just don't have the strength to stop Drummond. The same goes to Kentucky's top recruit, C/PF Anthony Davis. The Huskies have great guard play to carry them in the tournament, but now they have the best and most intimidating big man in college basketball to win it all.
Now this team is set to be one of the few teams to repeat in college basketball history. Drummond is a talent that hasn't been seen at the college level since Shaq at LSU. So appreciate his one year of brilliance and watch a champion in the making. I can hear Coach Calhoun giggling now.