Big East Honors Drummond

Connecticut freshman center Andre Drummond has been named Big East Conference Rookie of the Week.

Drummond and the Huskies played only one game last week, a 77-40 victory over Holy Cross on Sunday. Drummond had his most complete game of the season with a career-high 24 points to go with eight rebounds and five blocked shots. He was a force at both ends of the floor.

The Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year is averaging 9.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. He also leads the Big East with a 3.0 blocked shot average.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun praised Drummond after the game for running the floor so well. With a big man like that part of the Huskies' fastbreak, UConn can be devastating in the transition game.

"I think if I continue running the floor as well as I do, rebound and block shots, and put points on the board when I have to [the coaches will be pleased]," Drummond said. "I think we got better [during break for final exams]. We were all stress out about finals but we didn't let that stop us. We went out and worked hard every day in practice."

Calhoun said he thinks Drummond is the fastest player on the UConn team.

"I think so too," Drummond said.

Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier may not agree, but all this quickness is a great situation for the Huskies to have.

HUSKIES MOVE UP IN BOTH POLLS: The Huskies moved up one spot to No. 8 in the Associated Press poll released Monday. They also moved up one spot to No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Syracuse remains No. 1 in both polls.

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