Center of AttentionAndre Drummond doesn't care about recruiting rankings and rarely grants interviews. The athletically gifted 6-foot-11 center isn't worried about the recruiting process, and says he doesn't talk to college coaches either.
"I've shut everything down," Drummond said in a rare interview at the NBA Top 100 Camp. "I don't tell anybody anything. I'm not really interested in any schools right now. I'm just trying to enjoy being a 17 year old kid. I want to finish up my year at school and then I'll talk to [college coaches] then."
Why is Drummond deflecting attention?
"I don't want things to be hectic, I want it to be smooth sailing," Drummond said. "I've seen other guys [recruitments] go crazy, I'm not going to name names, but I've seen others situations go wild and I don't want to be involved in any of that."
Before the start of the NBA Top 100 Camp, the USA Today reported that Drummond was considering six schools: Georgetown, UConn, Duke, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Louisville. Drummond refuted that report to a group of reporters Thursday at NBA Camp.
"False, I never said that," Drummond said. "I saw that, too. I never said any schools to them. I told them I'm not interested in any schools."
Though he refuses to discuss specific schools, Drummond said he's looking for a school that has a, "great academic and basketball structure."
"I just want a good academic school because academics come before basketball," Drummond added.
Rated No. 1 overall by Scout.com, Drummond is blessed with tremendous athleticism and quickness for his size. He led St. Thomas Moore to a 31-7 record and the national prep championship last season, averaging 15 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocked shot.
Still, Drummond has plenty of room to improve. He struggled at the NBA Top 100 Camp, averaging less than seven points, while his team finished the event 0-4. At times, Drummond's effort and intensity didn't match his immense potential. While the hype might be greater than the reality, Drummond remains one of the top prospects nationally.
"I need to improve my back to the basket game," Drummond said. "A lot of former and current NBA players have been helping me [at NBA Camp] with that."
Top PG Planning VisitJ-Mychal Reese, the top available point guard in his class, told Scout.com's Evan Daniels at the NBA Camp, that he's considering Louisville, Baylor, Oregon, Texas, Kansas, Texas A&M, Providence and Georgia Tech, and plans to visit the Cardinals, Jayhawks and Ducks.
"I still want to take some visits," Reese told Scout.com. "I'm supposed to take some visits this summer. After I do I'll probably try to narrow it down. I know for sure I'm visiting Louisville, Kansas and Oregon."
A 6'1, 165-pound lead guard, Reese uses his quickness to push the pace, and can score or create for him teammates. A four-star prospect, Reese is rated the No. 4 point guard nationally.
"I'm a quick point guard that gets everybody involved, but I can take the shot if I need to," said Reese. "I've just been working hard back at home. I just wanted to prove and let everyone know that I'm getting better."
McGary Draws CrowdMitch McGary made a surprising rise into Scout.com's Top 15 this spring, and the 6-9 center/forward from Wolfeboro (Mass.) Brewster Academy, drew a large crowd of reporters at the NBA Top 100 Camp.
McGary, who recently made visits to UConn and Maryland, has a long list of suiters, including several of college basketball's heavy-weight programs. Among the schools on his list: Louisville, Duke, Kentucky, Texas, UCLA, Kansas, Marquette, Florida and Arizona.
McGary plans to narrow his list later this summer, and told InsideTheVille.com in Charlottesville that he is "definitely" interested in Rick Pitino's program.
"Coach Pitino is a prestigious coach," McGary said. "They've got a lot of things going there at Louisville so I can definitely see myself in their recruitment. I used to talk to [Richard Pitino] a lot more when he was at Florida. I really liked him and had a good relationship there."
McGary, who said his father had talked recently with Rick Pitino, was one of the top performers at NBA Camp.
Tebbutt's List LengthyJordan Tebbutt, a three-star small forward from Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, has a long list that include Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, Utah, Louisville, Kansas, Texas.
"They're all the same, I don't have any schools that stand out," Tebbutt said. "I'm open to anybody on the list."
Louisville, a recent addition to the 6'4, 205-pound Tebbutt's list, has expressed interest through assistant Wyking Jones.
"Louisville got involved a couple weeks ago," said Tebbutt. "Wyking Jones was recruiting me at New Mexico and went to Louisville and started recruiting me [there]. I've talked to him one or two times and he came to my school. I think we hit it off pretty well."
Tebbutt said he has interest in the Cardinals.
"I like to watch them play," Tebbutt said. "I know they're in the Big East. I know of Peyton Siva, he's from Seattle and he goes there. That's mainly why I've been watching them is because I've played against him before. I just think it's a great program."
Tebbutt doesn't have a time frame to make a decision, and doesn't have any visits planned at this time.
"I just want to go out and play to the best of my ability and play as hard as I can," Tebbutt said.
NBA Top 100 Camp Recruiting Notes--Chris Walker, an athletic 6-9 power forward in the Class of 2013, told a group of reporters at the NBA Camp that he recently heard from Kentucky, Kansas, N.C. State, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Syracuse, Tennessee, Louisville and Memphis.
Walker, who named Kentucky as his leader, plans to visit John Calipari's program soon. "Coach Cal told me how many pros he's put in the NBA and told me what he could do for me."
--Former Louisville commit Rodney Purvis told reporters at NBA Camp that he has eliminated the Cardinals and Kentucky from consideration. The 6'3 guard is considering N.C. State, Duke and Missouri, and he recently visited the Tigers, where former UofL assistant Tim Fuller works.
--Danuel House, a talented 6-6 forward from Texas who has an offer from Louisville, didn't list the Cardinals when breaking down his recruitment with Scout.com recruiting director Evan Daniels at the NBA Top 100 Camp last week.