At the end of this week, the fuzzy UConn basketball picture should become much clearer.
Jim Calhoun could make an announcement on his future, and the indecisive duo of Andre Drummond and Jeremy Lamb will likely make their respective decisions, as well. Everyone expects Lamb to go pro, but sources indicate Drummond is on-the-fence.
He’s going to be a top five pick, and the general rule of thumb is to bolt if you’re guaranteed to go that high. Drummond, as raw a top-five prospect as you see, is a special case. It’s not so cut-and-dry for him.
Let’s look at the benefits of each scenario.
*$$$$: Why play for free when you can get paid? Why risk serious injury and leave all that money on the table? (the Greg Oden rule)
*Chance to compete in postseason (although most top five picks go to horrible teams).
Return to UConn
*More playing time, more practice time: It’s difficult to vastly improve when you’re only logging 10-15 minutes per game. The most recent NBA big man to ride the pine early in his career and develop into a superstar was Jermaine O’Neal…and that happened 12 years ago. Drummond’s first NBA contract is all set; he needs to position himself for a big second contract.
*One step closer to a college degree: In early December, Drummond said he’d like to pursue a degree in computer engineering.
*Closer to family: If Drummond wants to go home to the weekend, it’s only a 40-minute ride. That won’t be the case if he ends up in Cleveland or Portland, two possible draft day destinations.
*Everybody loves college. It’s fun whether you’re a normal student or a star athlete.