Dom, if Drummond is leaving, would he be the first UConn player to leave early to not make any of the All Big East 1st, 2nd, 3rd or Honorable Mention teams? Wouldn’t that be an indication that he could use one more season of college basketball?
A: Well, Tom, probably yes on the first part. Hasheem Thabeet was an second-teamer during his career. … But, as I have written here numerous times, these points are utterly irrelevant. Of course, Drummond is not ready for the NBA. Based on what we saw last year, he wasn’t ready for The Big East. Anyone can see he “could use one more season of college basketball.” He could use three more. But if an NBA team is going to draft him in the top five or six, he has to go. Why come back to college, with or without NCAA Tournament eligibility, and risk getting hurt, or having a disappointing sophomore season and perhaps slipping next year? It may make basketball sense for him to stay and improve his game, but it would make no business sense whatever.
The NBA doesn’t look for great college players, they look for pro prospects. Andre Drummond, at this point, is one of the latter, so this was the call for him to make.