Andre Drummond, arguably the most coveted high school recruit in the nation, has
long had a major decision before him — which college to attend. In the meantime, he
has another — when, exactly, to matriculate.
Drummond, from Middletown, Conn. was at Capital Prep in Hartford, Conn. before transferring to
St. Thomas More in Montville and repeating a grade. He became the first sophomore to
play for the postgrad team at More in coach Jere Quinn’s 32 years, averaging 14
points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Now, with the NCAA having implemented a rule that calls for incoming college
freshman to complete all of their core courses and graduate in eight semesters in
order to gain eligibility, Drummond has to consider reclassifying yet again. Widely
considered the top player in the 2012 class — and projected by some to be the top
pick in the 2013 NBA draft — Drummond might end up being part of the 2011 class,
which could put him on a college campus next year.
“It’s something I’m going to talk about with his mom,” Quinn said last Wednesday. “It’s
all an academic situation. She held him back because of his age [He turned 17 on
Tuesday]. … His mom made that decision because of his age. Now, all the college
coaches want him to reclassify. But I think he, as far as I know, was totally
content with the situation that we’re in. Now there’s a new NCAA rule with a
fifth-year senior, so he may end up being a senior [next year], then a
[post-graduate], but until I speak to his mom, nothing has changed, and we’re going
to get together next week.”
The eight-semester rule, according to the NCAA website, goes as follows:
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