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Greg Monroe calls Andre Drummond “a beast on the boards”

Aug 27, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

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Ah, the six weeks before training camps open is when optimism reigns. Every rookie looks like the rookie of the year, every injury is healing well, every player has worked on his game and will come back to camp playing his best.

With that in mind, we bring you this note from Pistons.com (via the Detroit Free Press), who spoke to center Greg Monroe. The Pistons anchor in the middle has been working out in Las Vegas with teammate and rookie Andre Drummond and had this to say.

“He had a great week out there. He was definitely a beast on the boards. He was working hard, getting a lot of second shots for our team, separating himself from other guys. He worked hard the whole week.”

Physical skill was never the question with Drummond. There are scouts that thought he could be the second best player in this draft eventually (Anthony Davis was everybody’s No. 1). The question was focus, desire, it was in his head. If he brings it every night he could be a force as a big man in the league, he has the body and skills. But if he doesn’t he will fade away.

Right now, optimism reigns. As it should. And we’re not going to puncture that bubble; only Drummond himself will do that.

  1. zblott - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    As much as I love Greg Monroe, all of his comments on Drummond working hard and being a beast on the boards have to be taken with a grain of salt. Drummond is well known for being lazy and unfocussed, and a huge athletic guy who only averages 7.6 rpg in college is hardly ready to grab a ton in the pros. Even looking at the end of his one season for any progress, he recorded 5 or less in four of his last five games at UConn – that’s just pitiful.

    For more on how overvalued Drummond is:

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2012/6/25/2012-nba-draft-undervalued-studs-and-overvalued-duds.html

  2. lorddarkhelmet - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if what Monroe said is true. He came into college heavily hyped, thought he could easily dominate like he did in high school with minimal effort and be at minimum a top 3 pick in the draft. None of that happened and hopefully that was the wakeup call that unleashed the beast.

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