The official news keeps rolling in for the Huskies. On Wednesday, the university issued a statement that Jim Calhoun would coach for the 2011-12 season. (Of course he will. UConn just signed Andre Drummond, the best high school player in the country. Which brings us to this…)
On Thursday, the athletic department released the following statement: "Freshman Andre Drummond has been admitted to the University of Connecticut and is listed on the roster as a member of the men’s basketball team."
For the obsessive-compulsive, you can check and recheck the team roster here. There's Drummond, listed alphabetically behind another high-profile freshman recruit, DeAndre Daniels. Drummond will wear No. 15, Daniels No. 2 and freshman point guard Ryan Boatright will wear No. 11.
The biggest hurdle to getting Drummond on the team was that, because of recent NCAA sanctions for poor academic performance, the Huskies had no more scholarships to give. Sophomore Michael Bradley was mentioned as a possible candidate to give up his scholarship for Drummond, and that's exactly what happened.
A source told the Hartford Courant that Bradley gave up his scholarship and applied for financial aid, and he will remain on the Huskies roster. "He qualifies for aid without counting against the scholarship limit because of his unique circumstances -- he lived at the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home in Chattanooga for seven years."
Like every other student on campus, Drummond will begin attending classes Friday. The only difference is that in his free time he will be dominating unsuspecting opponents on UConn's schedule, too.
Neither Calhoun nor the players will be made available to the media until after the Labor Day weekend.