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Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

UConn teammate Lamb not really selling Drummond


Andre Drummond is one of the big questions — or if you prefer, big risks — of this NBA Draft. He could be the second best player in this draft, or he could flame out like a late second rounder.

One good measuring stick — what do his college teammates say about him?

Here is what Drummond’s UConn teammate Jeremy Lamb told Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge (via twitter).

UConn G Jeremy Lamb on UConn C Andre Drummond’s NBA potential: “It depends on if he wants to work.”

And that sums it up.

Drummond’s skills have never been in question — DraftExpress says he could be a Serge Ibaka type, I heard another scout use Andrew Bynum in terms of slow to develop but a lot of impact when he does.

But does he want it? He was the most athletic big on the floor every night last year in college and averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds a game. You can tout him as losing 22 pounds after the end of the season and before workouts — a lot of guys tighten up physically — but why didn’t he make that conditioning a priority before.

He could be very good. I hope he is. But the reports out of his workouts have not been good and no even his teammates seem to have questions. There are risks.

Former NBAer Tate George arrested for alleged Ponzi scheme

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Tate George is a University of Connecticut legend — he hit the dramatic buzzer beater to beat Clemson in the 1990 Sweet 16 — who went on to a four-season NBA career, mostly in New Jersey.

George is also in jail as you read this after he turned himself into federal authorities Friday in relation to an alleged $2 million Ponzi scheme he was involved with in New Jersey.

(Prosecutors) say George used his company to get more than $2 million from investors for purported real estate development projects. George’s attorney, Thomas Ashley, says his client is innocent and will plead not guilty.

He got people to invest in real estate right now? I have no idea if George was involved in a scam or not, but if he can sell real estate in New Jersey right now he has a future in infomercials.

George made his first court appearance on Friday. There will be more.

Who is the No. 1 pick in next year’s NBA Draft?

2011 NBA Draft

One year ago today, Harrison Barnes was considered the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Come draft night, Barnes wasn’t even part of the party, staying at North Carolina for another year. Kyrie Irving was the man.

So we can say that whoever is the No. 1 choice of scouts right now has a long way to go to keep that title.

Especially considering next year will be a deep draft with the top several teams getting real talent. This is going to be a potential franchise changing draft for a few teams.

So who will be the top pick?

Barnes is back in the mix, but the guy everyone seems high on is Anthony Davis, heading to Kentucky this fall. Davis is 6’10” with a 7’4” wingspan who is seen as raw but can make plays around the rim. What really seems to catch scouts eyes is the guy is an active and willing defender — he can come in and give a team a real shot blocker inside. Davis is a guy that will take a couple more years to develop, but he could be very good.

Barnes is a swingman that started slow at North Carolina but dropped 40 in an ACC Tournament game and has good skills and is just one of those guys who seems to have a natural feel for the game. He has an outside shot and with a consistent season will be a top three pick.

But the guy catching eyes right now is Andre Drummond, who this week committed to Connecticut (a team that needed a boost if it wanted to repeat as national champions and may have gotten it). Come next June, don’t be shocked if this is the guy at the top of the draft board. Check out what Chad Ford said about him at ESPN.

For starters, he’s got ideal NBA size for a big man. He’s 6-foot-10, has a massive 7-foot-5 wingspan and already has the bulk (currently listed at 275) to play in the middle.

Drummond also possesses explosive athleticism and quickness for a big man. He gets up and down the court well, attacks the rim and pops off the floor quickly. Pair his size and athleticism together, and you have the makings of an elite NBA prospect…. Drummond is an excellent defensive player. He’s an aggressive rebounder and shot-blocker who can guard both the 4 and the 5. He also has a high basketball IQ (especially in his passing ability out of the post) and shows an array of skills on the offensive end of the floor.

Teams will take the big man in the middle over a wing player like Barnes almost every time (hence Oden over Durant, Hakeem and Bowie over Jordan). Davis and Drummond are going to be compared a lot to each other this coming season, and don’t be shocked if they go No. 1 and No. 2 next June.