Wednesday, September 28, 2011
UConn expects Drummond to be eligible
By Diamond Leung
UPDATE: Connecticut on Oct. 3 released this statement: "UConn has officially concluded that no violation has occurred and that freshman Andre Drummond will suffer no eligibility consequence relative to the report last week about an online video."
UConn does not believe the eligibility of freshman center Andre Drummond is in doubt after the nation's top center in the 2011 class made an appearance in a STACK.com video in which he offered a positive review of an adidas basketball shoe.
Drummond, who joined the defending national champion Huskies earlier this month, made brief comments about the adiZero Crazy Light shoe in the video and at one point said, "I want them," as first reported by the Norwich Bulletin.
The NCAA does not permit student-athletes to endorse commercial products, but according to UConn, Drummond's appearance in the video came before his enrollment at the school. The video has since been removed from the website.
"UConn was made aware of the video in question late this afternoon and has reviewed it," read a statement from the school. "Our compliance staff is comfortable that the video was made in advance of Andre’s enrollment at UConn. Our next step is to simply follow up with the website on which it is posted and ask that it be removed, which we have already done."
After a lengthy recruitment process filled with twists and turns, Drummond landed UConn four weeks ago after the school was able to find an open scholarship despite having a limited amount due to NCAA and Academic Progress Rate penalties.
The appearance of the 6-foot-10, 270-pound Drummond in a Huskies uniform has raised hopes for the team to make a repeat run to the national championship. Having an NBA prospect who was ranked second among all recruits in the 2011 class by ESPNU anchor an already experienced frontcourt can only help.
And as far as UConn can tell, his cameo in a video about stylish shoes won't change any of that.