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.
By ZACH SMART AND ADAM ZAGORIANEW YORK — Andre Drummond is a professional disguised in a St. Thomas More jersey.
The 6-foot-10, 260-pound behemoth runs the floor like a long-legged gazelle and possesses awareness and scoring ability that seems unrivaled at this level.
The No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2012, Drummond dropped 17 points and tore down 11 rebounds en route to St. Thomas More’s 73-59 win over Quality Education (N.C.) Monday in the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College.
St. Thomas more coach Jere Quinn said about half a dozen schools are legitimately in the hunt for Drummond.
“Louisville, Kentucky, West Virginia, Connecticut, Pitt, North Carolina and Georgetown,” Quinn said. “No one else is even talking to him.
“I don’t think anybody else is coming in.”
“Everybody is moving at the same pace right now,” added Drummond, who has added bulk to his once-spindly frame.
“I don’t have a list. Honestly, my Mom knows all that stuff. I’m not really focused on that. I’m staying focused on working hard and I’m just trying to enjoy being a kid.”
A native of Middletown, Conn., Drummond says he does not have any visits slated.
The 17-year-old has been working diligently on developing a dependable deep jumper that he can extend beyond the arc.
He’s added a 20-footer, a feathery hook, and various back-to-the-basket moves to his arsenal.
Quinn said he will sit down in the spring with Drummond and his mother and go from there.
“He’s not doing anything until the spring and we’re going to sit down and make a decision,” Quinn said.
St. John’s signee Sir’Dominic Pointer put up 35 points on 13-for-23 shooting to go with 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Quality Education and DePaul commit Charles McKinney added 13 points and 4 steals. St. John’s-bound Dwight Meikle went scoreless for Quality Education. 6-11 Quality Education big man Lekan Ajayi had 5 points and 3 boards. St. Thomas More features a player named Indiana Faithfull…Lincoln routed Hills West of Long Island, 74-38, behind Shaquille Stokes’s 17 points and Isaiah Whitehead’s 12 points and 8 rebounds, including an electrifying first-half dunk. 7-footer Jordan Dickerson had 6 points and 4 rebounds. He is likely to prep next year…Iowa State-bound guard Tavon Sledge of LuHi had 13 points…Lincoln has three players named Shaquille…Long Island Lutheran downed Rice, 72-63, behind Villanova-bound Achraf Yacoubou’s 27 points and 14 boards. Cincy-bound Jermaine Sanders posted 20 and 6 for Rice….
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.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.