Report: Andre Drummond leaving UConn for NBA after one season

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He was an impactful late addition to Connecticut’s 2011-12 team, but after one season, Andre Drummond is leaving Storrs and heading to the NBA draft, reports Kevin Duffy of the Connecticut Post.

Drummond averaged 10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game at Connecticut this past season for a team that lost in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament to Iowa State.

He was a Top 3 prospect coming out of high school in the Class of 2011 and was named to the Big East All-Rookie team in 2012.

Connecticut is banned from the 2013 NCAA tournament because of a low Academic Progress Rate, which could have been a motivating force behind his decision.

Unlike senior teammate Alex Oriakhi, who can transfer to another program without sitting out for a season, the same rule would not apply to Drummond or other underclassmen, as the NCAA rule was designed to give leeway to only seniors.

Drummond is projected to be a Top 5 pick in the June draft. The draft historically weighs potential heavily, which bodes well for Drummond, within whom scouts see a great deal of potential for growth. He becomes the first one-and-done player in the school’s history.

According to Duffy’s report, a release from the school could come as early as Thursday afternoon.

Because the NCAA’s early-entry deadline has passed, Drummond is locked in to the draft.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.


VIDEOS: Bill Self makes two skits, Bragg plays piano

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Kansas head coach Bill Self is known for being unique for the annual Late Night at the Phog and this season, he went with some parody videos centered around the recent DirecTV ads. In the two skits, Self plays himself — which acknowledges his many accolades — while playing alongside “short shorts Bill Self” and “graduate assistant Bill Self”.

Hard to say if these videos top Self showing up in a suit like Andrew Wiggins last year, but there do have good promotional value for the program and Self.

Kansas players also had their chance to shine, with both men’s and women’s teams doing dances. Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor also attempted to lip sync to Michael Jackson. Freshman forward Carlton Bragg showed some solid ability on the piano, which got the crowd going. Bragg was also one of the strong points in a scrimmage.

Of course, the highlight of the night is Bill Self losing $10,000 on a halfcourt shot, but here’s everything else notable from Late Night at the Phog.