Jeremy Lamb's future may be in the NBA but Andre Drummond, the other UConn player with designs on going pro, he's far from making a decision on where he'll play next season.
Drummond, who arrived in Storrs last summer as the nation's best high school recruit, had an uneven freshman year. He averaged 10 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 28.4 minutes per game but the athleticism and potential came in flashes. There's still plenty of room for improvement, the only question is if it will come in college or on an NBA bench.
According to the Hartford Courant's Dom Amore, Drummond is still undecided on where he'll hone those skills. Amore caught up with Drummond shortly after Lamb's Tuesday announcement and asked if he knew the next step of his basketball journey.
“Nope,” he said. “I’m here now, that’s all that matters. I’m working on my game. Right now I’m heading to class.”
We should take Drummond's words at face value. Which is to say: he is in Storrs now but there's no guarantee that'll be the case in a few weeks. Would it be in his best interests to stay? In terms of becoming a better basketball player by actually playing in games? Yeah, sure. Financially, however, the NBA is the only option, especially since Drummond's considered a top-5 pick.
Whatever happens, the Huskies are in transition. Alex Oriakhi and Lamb are gone, Jim Calhoun sounds like he'll return, but at 69 he won't coach forever. Then there are the NCAA sanctions that will keep the program out of the postseason in 2013. For now, Drummond's a member of the Huskies and he'll have until April 29 to decide whether he'll remain an amateur or follow Lamb to the NBA.