Andre Drummond talks computers, Rihanna
June, 27, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Andre Drummond is one of the most intriguing players in Thursday's NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-11, 280-pound center played only one season at the University of Connecticut, averaging just 11 points and 8 rebounds per game.
But the upside of the 18-year-old from Middletown, Conn., is tremendous, probably even higher than likely top pick Anthony Davis.
He is an explosive leaper, already has an NBA body and can hit the open jumper. And he averaged nearly three blocks per game last season.
He worked out for five teams -- Portland, Sacramento, Cleveland, Washington, Charlotte -- and is projected to go No. 7 in the draft, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.
Playbook had a few minutes with Drummond to take his temperature on the next few days.
I know you're going say it doesn't matter, but does it matter where you go on Thursday?
"I went on five workouts and I played AAU, so I've played in pretty much every state you can think of. So when I hear the team name, I'll talk to my agent and my family. My mom and sister are moving with me. And it's really no issue on where I go."
What will you buy with your first check?
"Oh, I don't have anything special on my list. I'm all about saving money. I need to put that away for when I need it. I don't need to buy anything now."
You left college after one year. What was that experience like?
"The fans were great, and the coaching staff was great. We didn't win some games that we should have. I liked that little town. It was its own little place. Everybody knows everybody. It was like family to me."
Are you ready to hear your name being called Thursday?
"What kid who was playing basketball didn't have the dream about going to the NBA? It's the biggest and final step. All that hard work you put in is finally paying off, and that day is here."
If you could play anyone one-on-one, who would it be?
"I would say it would be Shaq. He's big and funny. We'd have a fun game. I wouldn't be nervous about anyone in the league now. Like them, I will come in the league to compete and win basketball games. I won't be starstruck. I'm there to do what I love."
"I guess the only time was when I met Michael Jordan. I reverted back to a little kid. I ws down to about 4-feet-11."
If you weren't playing basketball, what would you be doing?
"That's easy. I'd be a computer engineer. I'd be into software building. Yeah, a little weird, right?"
What is embarrassing about you that people don't know?
"Let me try to think. I don't think anything. Well, unless you consider when me and teammate Jeremy Lamb would sing all the words to 'We Found Love' by Rihanna. We'd sing the whole song together. No dance. We'd just be freelancing it out there."