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    Andre Drummond was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 9th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

    Twelve months ago, Andre Drummond was the best high school player in the country. Thursday night, he was selected with the ninth-overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. In the weeks leading up to the draft, speculation had the 6-10, 270-pound shot-blocking machine going anywhere from No. 6 to No. 10. And now he'll join a team in desperate need of a paint presence, particularly on the defensive end.

    ESPN analyst Jay Bilas described Drummond as "a freak athlete," an assessment we heard countless times in the pre-draft scouting reports.

    "He can run the floor, he can explosively get off the floor, with power. (He has) a 7' 6" wingspan and what's really remarkable about him is how he gets up and down the floor. … His lateral quickness is remarkable. He can get out and guard a pick-and-roll … his defensive presence is also outstanding. … Drummond doesn't (block shots on the perimeter) as well as Anthony Davis … but he blocks almost three shots per game. … The one thing he doesn't do: he doesn't make his free throws. …

    "His offense has a ways to go," Bilas continued. "But he's a young player -- he should be just coming out of high school now. He's got some maturing to do. I think he's going to get better and better but he has to put a lot of work into his offensive game. He's got a high ceiling but that work rate has got to go up as well."

    Minutes after being drafted, Drummond reiterated the thoughts he echoed earlier this week about his work ethic: "Detroit's going to see that I'm a hard worker." He then added: "I love my family, I love my teammates, Connecticut is a great state but Detroit, here I come."