NBA Draft watch: potential No.1 pick Drummond in D.C.

NBA Draft watch: potential No.1 pick Drummond in D.C.
February 1, 2012, 5:51 pm
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Imposing center Andre Drummond andsilky scoring guard Jeremy Lamb take to the Verizon Center court Wednesday night, leading the Connecticut Huskies into another Big East battle against thelocal Georgetown Hoyas.Depending on how the NBA draft lottery gods treat the Wizards, the projected top picks could be back in Chinatown on a permanent basis. Along with Kentucky freshman forward Anthony Davis, Drummond currently figures to be in the mix for the overall number one pick. The 6-11, 275 pounder averages 10.0 points, but his presence stands out as a rebounder (7.8) and shot blocker (2.6, third in the Big East). Like many young big men, Drummond struggles at the foul line (35.4 percent).The January 26 mock draft from NBADraft.net has the Wizards selecting Drummond with the overall number one pick. NBA draft analyst Chad Ford and DraftExpress.com rank Drummond as the second overall prospect.Hes physical and hes skilled, said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. Youre not going play against too many people that literally are as big as he is. He has good hands, good feet, he is fast. He has very good basketball instincts. As you look at a package of a big guy, I dont know if there is anything that he cant do.Drummond could be an ideal replacement should the Wizards choose to part ways with upcoming restricted free agent center JaVale McGee. Same goes for Lamb in relation to unrestricted free agent Nick Young, the Wizards leading scorer who faces longer odds of returning next season. The sophomore leads the Huskies with 17.9 points per contest while shooting 50.2 percent from the field, 37.6 from beyond the arc and 84.1 from the free throw line. The smooth 6-5 guard with the placid demeanor stepped into the role of a stellar jump shooting Robin to Kemba Walkers energetic Batman during the Huskies 2011 title run. In the two games the Huskies played at the Verizon Center in last seasons tournament, Lamb averaged 15 points - sinking 11-of-16 shots including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc.The Big Easts fourth leading scorer figures to be more of a mid-to-late lottery selection; Ford ranks Lamb as the ninth prospect, Draft Express at 12. NBADraft.net mocks Lamb with the third overall pick.