UCONN The Favorite For One Of 2006's Top Prospects

Casiem Drummond talks about why he likes the University of Connecticut basketball program so much

It's amazing how much momentum the University of Connecticut men's basketball program has in the area of recruiting. And certainly Jim Calhoun and his assistant coaches have earned the momentum.

Another top prospect from the 2006 class appears to be favoring Connecticut too at this early stage of the recruiting process. Casiem Drummond, a 6-9, 275-pound junior from Bloomfield Tech H.S. in New Jersey, told the Insiders Report that Connecticut is his top school right now.

"My favorite is UConn," he said. "I like how they deal with their players and how [Emeka] Okafor graduated in three years."

According to Drummond's travel team coach Galen Smith, Casiem turned in several strong outings down in Florida at the AAU Super Showcase and AAU Nationals. If his performance at the Weber is an indication, then foes of Bloomfield Tech will be in for a serious challenge this winter.

With the departures of high scoring guards like Dashawn Dwight, Courtney Nelson and Jason Wilson, Drummond will be counted on heavily to keep the Spartans among the elite programs in the Garden State.

It's a challenge he now seems ready to accept. "I took it upon myself to change things," Drummond said. "It's a matter of maturity, year to year, from my freshman year to my junior year."

With his high school team last season, Drummond was typically the fourth or fifth offensive option. With the Jersey Shore Cyclones, he's often the number one option.

"I like AAU because I am able to do things that I can't with my high school team, like shoot from the outside," he said. "My attitude has been a lot better, because I would get too uptight before high school games instead of relaxing more."

Because of his great size and good skill level, Drummond has already been earmarked as a high major Division I basketball prospect. In fact, he already has a scholarship offer from St. John's to go along with interest in programs like Memphis, Connecticut, Tennessee, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse and Miami (FL).

St. John's has offered Drummond while Connecticut is still evaluating Drummond's skills.

Drummond's conditioning could play a bit of a role in determining where he winds up in two years. He's a big boned kid with a thick lower body, so he's not exactly a gazelle when it comes to getting up and down the floor.

"I am working the most on my attitude and conditioning," Drummond admitted. "I don't feel that I am in the best shape, but I go to the gym twice a week."

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