All the ingredients are there for Connecticut

August, 27, 2011
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The Connecticut Huskies were in a pretty good shape before landing Andre Drummond, but now the defending national champs are easily among the upper echelon of the vaunted Big East. If the NBA's collective bargaining agreement makes college students stay longer than the current one year before entering the NBA, Drummond will make the Huskies relevant for years to come.

In Drummond, Jim Calhoun has scored one of the most dominating big men in high school basketball. He will bring NBA size, great length with the ability to rebound and block shots to go along with a developing offensive game.

What is so impressive for this big man is how he can pass the ball in a high-low setting or with his back to the basket. Plus, he can defend in the low or high post, while protecting the rim, which will help the Huskies' defensive field-goal percentage.

Calhoun will be able to play a monster lineup with Drummond and Alex Oriakhi down low and possibly move Oriakhi over to his natural position of power forward. With Roscoe Smith and DeAndre Daniels at small forward, Jeremy Lamb at shooting guard and explosive freshman Ryan Boatright, the Huskies' lineup is looking hard to beat.

All that remains to be seen is how fast the freshmen pick up the intensity and sustain it, because all the talent is there for another run at a national title.

Paul Biancardi

Basketball Recruiting

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