Andre Drummond leaving UConn because there's no reason to stay at UConn

Future pros with eligibility remaining usually only return to school for one of two reasons.

  1. To improve their draft position.
  2. To do something special as a team.
Fortunately and unfortunately, neither of those things were realistic for Andre Drummond because he's already projected as a consensus top-five pick and Connecticut is ineligible for next year's NCAA tournament. So there was no good reason for this freshman to become a sophomore, which is why he won't. Sources confirmed to on Thursday what most have believed for about 30 straight Thursdays -- that Drummond will forgo his final three years of eligibility and enter the 2012 NBA Draft.

An official announcement is expected soon.

Is Drummond ready to contribute at the NBA level?

Almost certainly not.

The 6-foot-10 forward was wildly inconsistent all season, and when I saw him in person at Louisville back in February he was so bad that he played just 16 minutes after being benched. I've never seen a great prospect look that awful. But don't get it twisted -- he's still a great prospect. Drummond could go as high as No. 2 and will go no lower than No. 5. He'll get a guaranteed two-year deal worth nearly $8 million if he's picked second and a guaranteed two-year deal worth nearly $6 million if he's picked fifth. Either way, he'll be rich and on track to make more in two years than what almost every college graduate in this nation will make in a lifetime.

Bottom line, Drummond would be silly to stay.

So he's gonna go.

And the future of UConn basketball looks bleaker by the day.
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Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

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