Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Andre Drummond was officially listed on the UConn roster Thursday and ultimately chose No. 12 after being handed No. 15 — Kemba Walker’s old number.
All Walker did last year was lead the Huskies to the NCAA championship.
“Freshman Andre Drummond has been admitted to the University of Connecticut and is listed on the roster as a member of the men’s basketball team,” the school said in a statement.
Michael Bradley reportedly agreed to give up his scholarship for Drummond, and will accept a financial aid package instead.
Bradley, a 6-10 Tennessee native who red-shirted last season, spent most of his high school years at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, and thus automatically qualified for aid.
“Andre Drummond’s going to be a factor [in the Big East],” St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn told SNY.tv last Friday when Drummond rocked the college basketball world by announcing he would play at UConn instead of spending a postgraduate year at Wilbraham & Monson in Mass. “First of all, the best thing about Andre Drummond, he’s a great teammate.
“He just enjoys that. He’s athletic, he’s 6-11, he’s 280, he runs and jumps and blocks shots. Are there some parts of his game that he has to work on? Yeah. But he turned 18 just a few days ago. He’s a young kid with high expectations. And I think if everybody gives him time, he has a chance to be a really, really wonderful player.”
UConn has just 10 scholarships this season because of recruiting violations and APR issues.
Drummond joins the core of Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz Napier, Roscoe Smith, Alex Oriakhi and Niels Giffey, a group that won five games in five days last March to win the Big East Tournament and then won another six games in the NCAA Tournament.
**Champs get bigger and better: Drummond to UConn
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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