Andre Drummond Announces He's Heading To UConn

Andre Drummond announced he will be UConn-bound on Friday.

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Andre Drummond Heading To UConn After Jim Calhoun Pulls A Few Strings

How did Andre Drummond end up at UConn, concluding a whirlwind saga just before the school year began? According to a report on Saturday, UConn head coach Jim Calhoun pulled a few strings behind the scenes, within his own athletic department, to ensure space would be available for the highly-touted recruit. It involved freeing up a scholarship, moving a current player to financial aid, and letting Drummond know the Huskies had room and would love to have him.

ESPN's Andy Katz laid out the details, including which player may have been pushed aside to make room for Drummond.

Once it was determined that one player on the current roster -- a source told ESPN.com it is redshirt freshman Michael Bradley -- could possibly qualify for financial aid days before the fall semester begins this week, a call was made to Andre Drummond's camp that a possible scholarship was available.

To be clear, nothing Calhoun did was against the rules. Drummond made his own decision, but it's probably safe to say UConn wouldn't have been the choice had Calhoun not freed up a scholarship. However, the decision may raise other questions.

There's no doubt any coach in the country would've taken Drummond, and the last-minute nature of his decision to re-classify and join the class of 2011 was almost unprecedented, leaving coaches scrambling. But morally, taking a kid off scholarship days before the school year begins seems unsavory. It's the nature of the college game, especially when the opportunity to suddenly land an impact player arises, but it's still the ugly side of college basketball, as well.

Bradley, or whoever was taken off scholarship, will still receive financial aid and likely play as a walk-on. But it doesn't change the fact that the maneuvering, and a player losing his scholarship, just doesn't feel right.

For more on Drummond and all your UConn news, head to The UConn Blog and SB Nation Boston.

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Andre Drummond Commits To UConn, Will Join Class Of 2011

Andre Drummond is headed to UConn -- but not in 2012, the year he originally planned to start school. Instead, the center is headed to Storrs in time to help the Huskies defend their national championship. We know this because of Twitter, where all things of this import are announced.

It's official I'm heading to the university of connecticut to be a husky this year! Do I hear #repeat #huskyfam @aoriakhi34less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

 

The cynic will note that starting at UConn immediately will also allow Drummond to go to the NBA earlier if he wants to do so. It's not as clear-cut as the infamous one-and-done rule, because that's age-based. But it's also simple math; Drummond was going to go to college in 2012, and will now go in 2011 instead. (And that might all be moot if/when the NBA gets a new collective bargaining agreement.)

But that's four or five steps in the future, and all fine print to UConn fans at the moment. Drummond is going to be a Husky.

For more on Drummond and all your UConn news, head to The UConn Blog and SB Nation Boston.

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Andre Drummond Narrows List Of Schools To UConn, Kentucky, Three Others

Top college basketball recruit Andre Drummond has narrowed his list of schools to five.

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