TOC: Andre Drummond Spotlight

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- When you're the No. 1-ranked prospect in your class, the bar is set pretty high.

So as Andre Drummond entered halftime of his Saturday afternoon game sporting a 0-point, 2-rebound stat line, he knew that his performance was falling far short of expectations.

"I had an off game today, so it took me a while to get myself going," said the Oakdale (Conn.). St. Thomas More center. "None of my shots were falling, so I tried to do other things to help my team like block shots and get rebounds."

Following the break, he tallied four field goals and nine rebounds. But his biggest contribution was a game-saving block in a sudden death double overtime that enabled the Connecticut Basketball Club to prevail.

"When I saw him going up, I timed it right," Drummond said. "Something clicked in my head that I saw the ball and I needed to go get it."

The next step for the rising junior is to consistently bring the effort and urgency throughout the game that he displayed on that final defensive possession.

Drummond is ranked No. 1 in the class of 2012 because of the potential housed in his imposing and athletic 6-11, 265-pound frame. Or, as Scout.com's Dave Telep puts it, "Once he commits himself to being an athletic power player, it's over."

Ask Drummond and he says he considers himself far from a finished product.

"It's a work in progress, really," he said. "I've done a lot of workouts with my AAU coach - we do a lot of big man drills and guard drills - to make my game more versatile so I can take my man off the dribble or beat him down low.

"I want to get better with my back to the basket, and work more on my ball handling and my shooting ability."

Drummond lists five schools as his current frontrunners.

"North Carolina, Duke, Georgetown, UConn and Louisville – those are the ones showing the most interest in me," he said.

Two of those schools are relative newcomers to his recruitment.

"Roy Williams came to my school for a workout (last month)," Drummond said. "It surprised me walking in the gym to see him in there. He didn't really get into talking about recruiting stuff yet because I'm young.

"North Carolina and Duke just started showing interest in me recently, so I don't know a lot about their programs yet, but I know they both have good academic and athletic programs."

Drummond did get a brief look at both campuses this weekend.

"I toured around Duke and North Carolina – I liked the campuses and I'd love to come out for unofficial visits to see what the academic portion looks like."

UConn is the perceived leader behind the scenes at this point, as Drummond has made the 30-mile trip to the Storrs, Conn. campus many times.

But when the the Huskies were first mentioned in a follow-up interview late Saturday evening, a member of the Connecticut Basketball Club coaching staff sternly interrupted the interview.

"We're not going there," the unidentified coach said. "His only connection to UConn right now is because he lives in Connecticut."

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