Drummond Dominant in Latest UConn Victory
After what many deemed as a disappointing start to his freshman season, Connecticut's latest 77-40 victory showed why people have high expectations for Andre Drummond. Granted, the victory came against the now 4-7 Holy Cross Crusaders, but Drummond finally seems to be coming into his own and had his best game as a collegian. This was the second game Drummond has played without a protective mask he had to wear due to obtaining a broken nose, with his being a much more effective offense force in both Connecticut wins. Against Holy Cross, the powerful big man went for 24 points while making 11-12 field goal attempts (91.7%), adding 8 rebounds plus 5 blocks in 31 minutes of play. To top it off, no fouls, no turnovers.
Many might write this off as being one good game against an inferior team, but I think it is starting to show just what Drummond can bring to the table. He is now averaging 9.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 3 bpg for guard heavy Connecticut. However, I believe that his numbers should continue to rise and that he will remain a force, even in the rugged Big East conference. The Big East is tough and Drummond should struggle at times. Luckily, he is 6'10 and 260 pounds (at least) and should be up for the physical play, not to mention providing menacing match-up problems with his out of this world athleticism. It is hard not to be excited about Drummond. He has been described as having a "low motor" and as much to passive, but the talent and physical gifts are omnipresent.
Jim Calhoun's team is now 9-1 and for the first time this season, started the intimidating 4/5 duo of Drummond and Alex Oriakhi. They start two sophomore's in the backcourt, Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb, while freshman DeAndre Daniels has been the starter on the wing. Freshman little man Ryan Boatright has been instant offense off of the bench while Roscoe Smith and Tyler Olander can each play multiple front court positions. Each seemed to play their roles to a tee in this latest victory, even with Lamb having an off game shooting the ball. This is a team that has two players currently atop the NBADraft.net 2012 Mock Draft and they are showing the nation that they may have what it takes to make a deep tourney run, or a possible run at a second NCAA title.