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UConn teammate Lamb not really selling Drummond

Jun 25, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

Andre Drummond is one of the big questions — or if you prefer, big risks — of this NBA Draft. He could be the second best player in this draft, or he could flame out like a late second rounder.

One good measuring stick — what do his college teammates say about him?

Here is what Drummond’s UConn teammate Jeremy Lamb told Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge (via twitter).

UConn G Jeremy Lamb on UConn C Andre Drummond’s NBA potential: “It depends on if he wants to work.”

And that sums it up.

Drummond’s skills have never been in question — DraftExpress says he could be a Serge Ibaka type, I heard another scout use Andrew Bynum in terms of slow to develop but a lot of impact when he does.

But does he want it? He was the most athletic big on the floor every night last year in college and averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds a game. You can tout him as losing 22 pounds after the end of the season and before workouts — a lot of guys tighten up physically — but why didn’t he make that conditioning a priority before.

He could be very good. I hope he is. But the reports out of his workouts have not been good and no even his teammates seem to have questions. There are risks.

  1. lakerluver - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Why do they keep saying “he could be a Serge Ibaka type”? Last I checked Serge was a 6′ 9″ PF not a 7 ft center. Their games aren’t even similar!

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      There was an article on here when they measured all the college players with shoes off and shoes on. Shoes off he was 6”9.75, shoes on was 6”11.75 ( had an exactly an extra 2 inches with his shoes on, which was the most added on hight in the whole combine). When “they” say he’s 7”0 that is a huuuge stretch. And Serge is listed as 6”10.

    • 808raiderinparadise - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:30 AM

      Calhoun fought hard for Drummond. Drummond didn’t fight hard for Calhoun.

      A sophomore gave up his scholarship (bradley) to allow UCONN to acquire Drummond under scholarship, because he thought they could repeat.

      I knock Shabazz Napier, but if Drummond and Lamb had his heart they would be worthy of top-ten picks.

      If anything Drummond reminds me of Tyson Chandler a guy whom many thought would be a good scorer but ultimately used his athleticism and morphed into a great defender/rebounder and stuck to the dunks as he never could hit a jumper/free throw or post game.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    “Depends on if he wants to work.”

    If this guy doesn’t want to put in the work to be a NBA millionaire…he can look forward to putting in work at a job alot less glamorous. I’d go with basketball….yeah.

  3. funktron2x - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Come on, guys! The typos and silly errors are just run amok on all the NBC Sports Talk blogs. It’s making good reporting, blogging and opinion sharing look amateur. If you won’t hire a copy editor (HI! :-) I do that for a living), then at least give your stories one more look before you post them.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Why does every article about Drummand repeat itself? It’s like one guy wrote the main article on this kid and everyone else took it an plagerized off it. Every article about him reads the same, tell us something we don’t know about him now.

    We know his work ethic (or lack thereof), we know his weak a$$ comparisons to Ibaka and Bynum, We know you think he could be the 2nd best player in the draft or a complete bust, we know he’s high risk/ high reward. We know he’s the kind of player that can make a GM look like a genious or a complete buffoon and get fired cause of it. WE… KNOW.

    And wooow, his own teammate said that about him, huh? That says a lot. He didn’t even back him up! (Although I’m sure there was more to it but that was the juicy part of the interview and they just cut and paste that part to make it seem like that.)

  5. rajbais - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Me neither because Drummond did not score enough during his time frame in college!!!

    He is a second round pick that is prematurely being passed off as a lottery pick!!! This is the worst projection I have ever seen for an NBA draft pick since high school players were allowed to enter the draft!!!!

    If he fails the scouts and the GM’s that improperly evaluated this kid should be fired immediately and never be hired in the NBA again!!!!

  6. trickybastard - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    @ 00maltliquor

    Amen. Well said.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Lamb would talk.

    — Frustrated UConn Fan from ’11-’12.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    However some big guys don’t even want to play basketball. Since their teens (or whenever it was apparent they were taller than everyone else), they were told, “Come on, you’re playing basketball, meet me on the court after school for practice with the team.” Eddy Curry is one of those guys. He doesn’t even care about basketball. Said so. Some you can tell by their demeanor. I don’t get that from Drummond. I rarely missed a UConn game this past season. I can honestly say he is completely lost out there half the time. And UConn ran most of their sets for Shabazz and Lamb anyway. Drummond was just getting alleys and expected to hustle for rebounds and putbacks. If he goes to the right team (wherever Ewing is, for instance) and develops some fluidity under the basket, he has the desire to play defense — us fans all saw that last season — so it has more to do with coaching than desire.

    This past season for the Huskies was a lost cause. Guys were literally shaving points and others quit on the season long before the Big East tournament after the sanctions came down. You see no one is signing up to go there and a couple have already transferred. My point being: Lamb didn’t show his full potential last year, nor did Drummond, or even Napier.

  9. tomtravis76 - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    “Guys were literally shaving points”.

    Thats a pretty big accusation about a progrm.

  10. camnellum12 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Kurt, you left out the rest of the article:

    “It depends on if he wants to work. He’s a great athlete. He can jump. He can block shots. He can rebound. I always say, it’s funny, we will have an early practice at like 8 AM, and everyone is trying to get warmed up and stuff. He’ll just come out and do a windmill to warm up. His bounce is amazing. I believe he’s going to work hard, develop post moves, I think he can be a great pro.”

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