Roy Williams Checks Out Top Sophomore

The North Carolina coaching staff has been out evaluating 2012 prospects and this week made the trek to Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More to see the top prospect in that class.

Andre Drummond, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound center, is becoming a big name in recruiting circles. Roy Williams and Jim Calhoun were in on Tuesday, while John Thompson III will stop in later this week.

Among the schools he's already obtained scholarship offers from are West Virginia, Connecticut, Villanova, Florida and Louisville. According to his AAU coach JR Hargreaves, he has a number of other offers from "major conference" schools.

"It's super early," Hargreaves said of his recruitment. "We are bringing in as many people as possible and seeing who ‘Dre likes and who his mom likes and over the next 12 months maybe we'll figure it all out."

North Carolina is among the new schools to jump in on Drummond's recruitment and, according to Hargreaves, they are beginning to show more and more interest.

"I think it's picked up," Hargreaves said of the Tar Heels' interest. "They've reached out to coach [Jere] Quinn and that's picked up. So far it seems like they are excited about him and [the interest] has really come up."

At this point, Drummond hasn't set up any college visits and is set for a big summer that includes traveling with USA Basketball on the U17 National Team. Prior to that Drummond will continue to run with the Connecticut Basketball Club. They'll play in Providence this coming weekend, then do the Tournament of Champions in North Carolina in May.

"His spring and summer will be busy, he's going to USA and all that stuff," Hargreaves added. "He's going to be in the weight room. He'll be kind of low key."

Drummond is coming off an impressive sophomore campaign at Thomas More.

"He's 6-10, 260 or 270 and he's a puppy - he's only 16 years old," Hargreaves. "He runs like a guard, he's agile. On the court his upside is ridiculous. The best thing about him - and hopefully it continues to be his M.O. - is how humble he is and he's a good dude to be around."

Drummond is rated as the top overall prospect in the 2012 class by Scout.com.

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