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.