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Andre Drummond changes his mind, commits to UConn for this year

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In news that is as surprising as it is potentially impactful for college basketball, Andre Drummond, the best big man in the class of 2012, has decided to reclassify to 2011 and commit to Connecticut. That means he’ll be playing this season for the Huskies, who just had arguably the best prospect in high school basketball fall into their lap.

Most experts believed that Drummond would head to the NBA without attending college. Because of his age, he could play one year of post-graduate basketball and then be eligible for the 2012 NBA draft. He had recently announced that he would play that year at Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts, but posted on Twitter tonight that he would be “heading to the University of Connecticut to be a Husky this year!” UConn was always considered the leader for Drummond if he chose to play in college, but it almost seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would make the jump to the league instead. Obviously that’s not the case, and the addition of Drummond to a team that returns Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi makes the Huskies a serious national player, despite the loss of Kemba Walker. I still hate them.

As sports writers surely scramble to rewrite their preseason rankings, one thing for sure is that college basketball just added another star and got a little more interesting on this random Friday night in August.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

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35 Comments for Andre Drummond changes his mind, commits to UConn for this year



  1. UnderKanter
    8:32 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    one less account to follow on twitter now..



  2. boozer93
    8:33 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    somebody bring our man Davis a couple of double Whoppers and some pop-tarts….



  3. Impermissible Snacks
    8:38 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    UConn also has DeAndre Daniels. They’re stacked.



  4. Drifter
    8:43 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Wow! This is huge for UConn. I think that puts them at preseason #3, ahead of OSU. I hate it, but I am excited to watch that mammoth play.



  5. BeerCanChicken
    8:49 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Ugh…Rex jinxed us by trying not to jinx us.

    A.Davis vs. Drummond, anyone?



  6. BeerCanChicken
    8:52 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Also Roscoe Smith ought to improve….

    Yep, they’re beyond stacked.



  7. T
    8:56 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like the dominoes might start falling



  8. Mack
    8:57 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    How did Calhoun pull this off?



  9. T
    8:58 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Uconn is now in the same tier as UNC, UK and OSU



  10. UKGoBigBlue
    9:07 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    This is a telling sign that people are missing out on; he’s going to college because of the NBA lockout. Kind of hard to jump to the NBA when the NBA will still be locked out.



  11. UnderKanter
    9:07 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    do you think that hurricane irene might hit campus before he gets there and he might change his mind?



  12. tdogg4033011
    9:38 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    who cares?? best he can do is national runner up anyhow



  13. UL is Miami's little brother.
    9:42 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll never understand why kids want to play for that nasty old man.



  14. WestKy UK Fan
    9:56 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Curious as to where the scholarship’s coming from since UConn doesn’t have any to give after their last violations and punishment.



  15. Token
    10:02 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    14) Random cracker on the end of the bench will become a walkon.



  16. Zeus
    10:04 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Does the post-season ban on teams that don’t make the APR mark start this year? No way UConn gets their scores up enough to qualify.



  17. hotlanta
    10:27 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    not good for us. national championship team who beat us twice last year gets the best player in next years class who i’ve heard is better than anyone in the 2011 class. i think we just dropped to #3 preseason.



  18. Zeus
    10:30 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Too bad they didn’t re-match us in the SEC-BIG East Challenge.



  19. bung
    10:36 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    gotta get McGary



  20. HEHATEME
    10:44 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    think this probably pushes UK to #3. Still got to play it out though.



  21. pfft
    10:56 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Eloy would dominate this kid.



  22. Blue
    11:01 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Dear #17 and 20….

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Sniffle sniffle…



  23. ItsGonnaBeGreatToGet#8
    11:11 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    F U Andre Drummond



  24. shadowboxer
    11:30 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Who would want to play for Calhoun? The man is a crusty, mean, grumpy, turd. Seriously, I don’t get it.



  25. That Cat
    11:57 pm August 26, 2011 Permalink

    Did not see this coming. This is going to be the most talent rich season of college basketball in recent memory. Drummond is certainly good, but I think he will take a bit of time to adjust, he just hasn’t played as many high level games as current incoming 5-star recruits. He could easily turn into the best true big in the country by the time March roles around though. Would still take Davis on my team over him in a heartbeat. Gilcrist too. I’ve never really counted Drummond to be a huge team player and he is not going to be able to mesh with the current UConn squad like Kentucky’s 4 studs.



  26. the other maggard
    12:07 am August 27, 2011 Permalink

    To bad uconn don’t have a scholorship to give.



  27. Han
    2:16 am August 27, 2011 Permalink

    26) Stories in the last few months about Cal receiving a ceremonial basketball: 1 zillion

    Stories about UConn’s ongoing problem with playing by the rules: Zero

    Last I’ve heard anything negative about UConn was when the story was released right before the Final 4. How is it that Calhoun doesn’t get media coverage for what’s going on up there?



  28. gripfire
    2:16 am August 27, 2011 Permalink

    curious how he seem to quickly make this decesion, smells a little fishy…i guess pete thamel better get started looking in this!



  29. Cale Barr
    2:59 am August 27, 2011 Permalink

    #19 This kid will be in the NBA dunking on Dwight Howard before McGary touches the floor at UK or anywhere for that matter.



  30. Anthony
    8:34 am August 27, 2011 Permalink

    This sucks!



  31. Sammydog
    8:38 am August 27, 2011 Permalink

    How does UCONN get these players? Calhoun’s personality reminds me of Scrooge and he commits violations right and left but never gets punished or called out by the sports press. He is apparently beyond control by the Athletic Department as he has the power to force resignation by their AD. Sure they lost 3 scholarships but Calhoun stays untarnished. Why? He wins championships but supervises a program that does not comply with the NCAA.



  32. Bmac
    9:04 am August 27, 2011 Permalink

    Guess ole violation Jimmy offered him a bigger allowance than mom and dad. A kid like Drummond Is bound to be paid better than Nate Miles was.



  33. Harold Howard
    9:05 am August 27, 2011 Permalink

    We that just leaves us with one thing to do. “If your comin on, COME ON!” We are stacked too.



  34. uk3k
    9:52 am August 27, 2011 Permalink

    tell me how the loss of 3 scholarships at UCONN has not gotten more play in the national media…

    and then they will go on without an end to Cals “misdeeds”



  35. Starchild
    2:34 pm August 29, 2011 Permalink

    Bump all the negative talk, Go huskies!!!