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It is very early in the recruiting process for Andre Drummond, the No. 1 sophomore in the country.
But not too early for him to visit a few schools and a get a feel for different campuses.
The 6-foot-11, 270-pound Drummond took his latest visit to Rutgers Saturday to watch UConn beat the Scarlet Knights, 76-58, at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
“Rutgers is recruiting me hard and I promised them I’d go to one of their games. I just went to watch the game. I thought the game was pretty good. I like both teams, Rutgers and UConn,” Drummond said Sunday by phone.
UConn (16-11, 6-8 Big East) is trying to make a late push for the NCAA tournament, while Rutgers (14-13, 4-10) is attempting to close the season on a positive note.
Drummond didn’t take an unofficial visit to the campus, but rather just attended the game with Matt Quinn, the son of St. Thomas More head coach Jere Quinn.
“No, I didn’t get to see the campus. I went to watch,” he said.
“I like Rutgers. I like the coaching staff, the players are good people. I like them overall. Theyr’e a good school.”
Drummond was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y. and moved to Connecticut in the fourth grade. He now lives in Middletown, Conn., with his mother, Christine Drummond. He said his mother and his AAU coach, J.R. Hargraves of the Connecticut Basketball Club, will be most influential in his recruiting process.
He has visited the UConn campus several times and also attended a summer basketball camp there.
Still, his recruitment is wide open.
“Everybody in the world is talking to him right now,” Jere Quinn said. “I told him, ‘You’re two years away and we’ll make some decisions at the end of your junior year. There are so many things that change in college basketball. To make a decision about what you’re gonna do now doesn’t make sense.’”
Drummond said he planned to make a preliminary list of schools this summer and cut it down during his junior season.
“I don’t have a list right now,” he said. “I’m a sophomore. I’m probably going to have a list end of my junior year. I’ll have a mini one this summer.”
Asked if he had any favorites, Drummond said, “I actually don’t have any favorite school.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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