The 2012 NBA Draft is full of promising power forwards. If there's a team with one of the top picks looking for a true center, however, they will want to target the Connecticut Huskies' Andre Drummond.
The 18-year-old Drummond is already 6'11", 275 pounds and still growing. Though he's still developing his body, he already has a solid feel for the game on both ends of the floor. Drummond can score, pass, rebound and block shots at a high level.
As is the case with most young big men, Drummond will need time to adjust to the pro level. He will need to learn how to play effective defense against players closer to his size and skill level while staying out of foul trouble. It will be important for him to land with a franchise that has veteran players and coaching for the proper tutilege.
If the Pistons land a top pick, they'll certainly target more of a power forward to place alongside veteran center Greg Monroe. If players like Anthony Davis and Thomas Robinson are off the board, though, don't be surprised if Detroit opts to select Drummond, who could either back up Monroe or play alongside him, with Monroe sliding to the "4".
Drummond has grown up patterning his game after superstar center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. If he can continue to grow, Drummond has a chance at becoming a similarly dominant force in the middle at the NBA level.
Steve St-Pierre covers the Pistons for In Play! Magazine. Check it out online at inplaymagazine.com.