Drummond Breaks Nose in Practice

STORRS – Connecticut freshman phenom Andre Drummond suffered a broken nose and mild concussion Friday in practice at Gampel Pavilion and will be fitted for a mask on Monday. It is expected Drummond will wear the mask 6-8 weeks.

Drummond left practice early in the afternoon session with a bloody nose after colliding with freshman walk-on Brendan Allen. Drummond, a 6-10 center from Middletown, has been checked into the UConn Infirmary as a precaution and will remain there over Friday night, according to UConn associate athletic director for communications Kyle Muncy.

Drummond sent out this tweet: "This sucks. Mild concussion and I broke my nose! #worsedayever."

It wasn't immediately known how much time Drummond might miss.

"We will not rush to have Andre for Wednesday or any target date," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said, referring to the Huskies' first exhibition game Nov. 2 against AIC. "We want him ready for the whole year, that's what's important.

"To rush him back for an exhibition makes no sense if it sets him back. We need him long term more than just Wednesday."

With forward Michael Bradley out until early December after having surgery last week to repair a fractured ankle, and center Enosch Wolf missing practice Friday with a groin injury, the Huskies were very thin up front for their workout.

"Enosch will probably be out for a week, so we're down to eight [scholarship players] and that has made it a little more difficult," Calhoun said.

Allen, a 6-3 guard from Windsor, who played at Bridgeton Academy, was added to the roster recently and was used extensively in practice Friday.

Drummond, considered by many to be the top center prospect in the freshman class, raised the expectations for UConn's season when he committed just before the start of the fall semester. Now the Huskies are considered a strong contender to win back-to-back national championships.

UConn was ranked No. 4 in the preseason college basketball poll released by The Associated Press Friday. The Huskies have held that spot, behind North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio State in many preseason polls. The Huskies open the regular season Nov. 11 against Columbia.

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