Take a Chance on Andre Drummond in the 2012 Draft

June 26th, 2012 by Ethan Sherwood Strauss Leave a reply »
He's a bust already, before his first game. People are betting against Andre Drummond, the massive UConn big man who disappointed in his one-and-done year. Before last season, many thought him to be the No. 1 pick, ahead of Anthony Davis. In Chad Ford's most recent ESPN mock draft, Drummond has fallen to No. 7. 

He's chased down the draft board by the draft ghosts of Hasheem Thabeet and Greg Oden. It's understandable and unfair all at once. 

Drummond is 18 years old, 6-10 in socks, and 280 lbs. He's bigger than Dwight Howard, right down the the 7-6 wingspan. Though his freshman year disappointed, it wasn't so bad. Drummond blocked 2.7 shots per game, and blocks are an especially important indicator in projecting NBA-ready athleticism (see: John Hollinger's draft roster).

Perhaps you saw Drummond's one miserable game in the NCAA tourney and became convinced that he'll never amount to much. But take his age into consideration before making such sweeping judgments. Damon Lillard, the guy zooming ahead of Drummond on many draft boards, is three years older and played against far worse competition at Weber St.

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