Wednesday, March 28, 2012
3-point shot: As Connecticut turns
By Andy Katz
1. UConn officials are waiting to see if they will win a waiver to be eligible for the 2013 NCAA tournament. But sophomore Jeremy Lamb and freshman Andre Drummond probably will make up their minds before a decision is rendered. Nothing is official, but a source with knowledge said the UConn coaching staff expects Lamb to declare and stay in the NBA draft since he’s a likely lottery pick. Drummond might not bolt, though. The source said the staff isn’t so sure Drummond will leave even if the Huskies can’t play in the NCAA tournament. The reason is that Drummond may see the need to continue to improve his game in college to be better prepared for the transition.
2. Meanwhile, UConn junior forward Alex Oriakhi, who was a major piece of the 2011 national-title team, is attracting a number of interested parties. Duke, Kentucky and Florida so far have sought Oriakhi; others will likely follow. Oriakhi is expected to win an appeal to play immediately if the Huskies can’t participate in the NCAA tournament. Oriakhi would be a major addition to any of these schools if they were able to land him.
3. Baylor coach Scott Drew said he is giving Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller a week to decompress before discussing whether or not they’ll declare for the NBA draft. Both players could bypass the April 10 NCAA deadline and just wait to see where they would land by the April 29 NBA early-entry deadline.