Drummond is a great kid and great player. IMO the best player in the country. Who would you trade him for?
Everyone should trade him for (a healthy) Sullinger.You're wading in the gray area. "Best Player" and "Who Would You Trade Him For" can and should yield two different answers. I wouldn't trade him for anyone to play for Uconn but if I had a fantasy team and needed a #1 pick for a game tomorrow, I wouldn't pick him.
Everyone should trade him for (a healthy) Sullinger.
The three Uconn freshman who played like fourth year seniors the day they walked on campus.
I wouldn't put Drummond in that group. He's still very, very raw, although he looks less so with the mask off. Still, the kid gets lost on pick and rolls sometimes, can't hit 50% of his free throws, and could use some work positioning himself for rebounds, as well as with his post game, obviously. He's far from a finished product, and I think we all know that. As far as having the biggest impact for a freshman, Drummond might be in that group, but I do not agree that he plays like a senior. In fact, I don't even think he's the most mature freshman on the team (Boatright).
Lets not get too excited, Holy Cross was 1 level above a HS team. The real growth will come during the BE season.
Again, nitpicking, but for me that's normal for any freshman of Drummond's size and, true of most any college center. But, look at the last few games and look at the numbers and the body language.
Scary thing is, Drummond is 17-19 the past two games and hasn't done anything extraordinary to do it. His talent level, work ethic and drive makes it possible for him to put up those numbers in the flow of the game. He obviously won't continue at that level, but I'm willing to bet he shoots at least 60% for the rest of the year.
Yeah, I'm definitely nitpicking, all I'm saying is that the kid is only begginning to tap the surface of his potential. Even if he weren't to get a lick better the rest of the season, he's still one of the best players in college basketball. The pick and roll between him and Shabazz is boarderline unstopable, because if you hedge too far out on Shabazz it is an easy alley oop. And of course is defensive presense is invaluble. Looks like he's just the most recent in a long line of UConn shot blockers.