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Whether he'll go to college or go pro, Drummond has potential

by | CBSSports.com Senior Writer
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Drummond compares with Amar'e Stoudemire. (Photo by Lonnie Webb)  
Drummond compares with Amar'e Stoudemire. (Photo by Lonnie Webb)    
Andre Drummond
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 280 lbs.
High School: St. Thomas More (Conn.)
AAU team: Connecticut Basketball Club
Position: Center
Comparison: Amar'e Stoudemire

Why he's No. 1: His combination of size, skill and athleticism is unparalleled in the class. When motivated, he's borderline unstoppable.

Why he's not No. 1: Disappears at times, doesn't dominate consistently. Tends to drift more to the perimeter as opposed to the paint.

What kind of pro: If he focuses, Drummond could be a future No. 1 pick and NBA all-star. Ceiling is tremendous.

Recruiting: Connecticut, North Carolina, Florida, Georgetown, Louisville, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pittsburgh

Andre Drummond's recruitment is a mystery, maybe even The Mystery of the Class of 2012. Even, to some degree, for the 6-foot-10, 280-pound Connecticut native.

That's all everyone wants to talk about. Which school he'll head to, whether he'll arrive on campus this fall or the following one. Whether he'll skip college altogether and go directly to the NBA. Or maybe even whether he'll go overseas for a year.

"I honestly don't know what I'm going to do right now," Drummond told CBSSports.com in a rare interview on Wednesday afternoon. "I'm trying to learn as much as I can -- about the colleges and also about the CBA [Collective Bargaining Agreement]."

You see, Drummond's situation is confusing -- especially because he's not one of those kids who yearns to talk incessantly about his recruitment.

Sure, most have pegged him to stay close to where he grew up and play for his home-state UConn Huskies -- if he does elect to attend college.

But there have been plenty of other schools mentioned for his services over the last couple of years -- from North Carolina to Florida to Kentucky, Louisville, Georgetown, West Virginia and Pittsburgh.

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One thing is certain: There's no one in the country who boasts as much talent and potential as Drummond.

He's got some Amar'e Stoudemire, a little Dwight Howard and maybe even some David Robinson and Shawn Kemp in him.

He's got the NBA-ready body with size, strength and length -- and the tools, with the ability and agility to play on the block or on the perimeter, to go along with his physical attributes.

However, what has been questioned at times is his motivation.

Drummond isn't a trash-talker, doesn't pound his chest after a mammoth block or a monster dunk.

When he takes to the court this summer with the Connecticut Basketball Club, more often than not, a celebration will involve solely a smile.

"I don't show much emotion, so people don't think I play hard. I don't make noise and scream," Drummond said. "Some people mistake that for me not caring, but it's just not my personality to yell and scream. It doesn't mean I'm not playing hard."

It's just that people want -- and expect more -- from the kid who has perched atop the charts for more than a year now.

He's the hunted, the guy that has been the No. 1 player in the Class of 2012.

"I don't even look at the rankings. I just go play basketball," Drummond said. "That's not the kind of person I am. I try not to feed into the hype."

You can't find a single tattoo on his entire body -- and that isn't likely to change anytime soon. He's raised his grades significantly since enrolling at St. Thomas More (Conn.) two years ago.

Drummond said he hopes to have a decision made sometime in August regarding his future. Despite reports, he has not ruled out the possibility of playing college basketball in the 2011-12 campaign. He could still head back to the prep-school ranks and then determine whether to go to college in 2012 or head straight to the NBA.

Even if the rule doesn't change -- as many feel it will -- and high school kids aren't allowed to go directly to the NBA, Drummond appears to still have that option on the table.

He just graduated from St. Thomas More and would turn 19 a year from this August, fulfilling the NBA's requirements to be eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft.

And there's not a huge entourage guiding him through this process either. In fact, his inner circle consists of just two people -- his mother, Christine, a nurse at a local hospital, and his coach, J.R. Hargreaves.

Drummond has been well-schooled. He has the leverage, so why not wait and see what players commit to certain schools, whether certain coaches remain at their current spots and whether the one-and-done rule will be abolished.

"I'm just exploring all my options right now," Drummond said.

There's no shortage of them.

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