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Andre Drummond to UConn surprises

8/27/2011

Andre Drummond's tweet on Friday night regarding his decision to reclassify to the 2011 class and join the Connecticut Huskies created a media frenzy due to the sheer surprise. The announcement came only two weeks after the Connecticut native narrowed his choices down to Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisville, Georgetown and West Virginia and said he would remain in the Class of 2012 and not make a commitment before the spring.

While the commitment is obviously a huge addition for Connecticut, there are still some questions to be answered. First and foremost is whether or not Drummond, the nation's top center in the 2012 class, will be on scholarship. Connecticut does not have any available this year after losing three due to NCAA rules violations and a poor academic performance rating.

The second question pertains to Drummond's status with the NCAA clearinghouse. This may be more a question of if, rather than when, as Drummond graduated from St. Thomas More School in June and reportedly met all clearinghouse requirements but has not yet submitted the paperwork to the clearinghouse since it was his original plan to remain in the Class of 2012.

The final question pertains to how this commitment went down. While rumors circulated in the late spring that Connecticut hoped to land Drummond in the Class of 2011, those chances seemed to end when the Huskies used their final scholarship on DeAndre Daniels in June.

By the time July rolled around, Connecticut appeared to be on the outside looking in as coach Jim Calhoun chose to build his travel schedule around prospects other than Drummond, while the likes of Kentucky's John Calipari and West Virginia's Bob Huggins were much more visible.

So what changed in the last month?

Ultimately we're not really sure since Drummond hasn't had much communication with any members of the media through late Friday night.

What does appear certain though is that Drummond's change of heart is a huge victory for the Huskies as Calhoun lands the highest-rated recruit in his tenure and one of the brightest prospects ever to come out of the state of Connecticut.

Adam Finkelstein has been a coach or scout at the high school, college, and pro levels. He was an assistant coach in Division I by the age of 24 and also worked as a scout for Marty Blake, the NBA's director of scouting.