DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) Rookie Pistons player Andre Drummond stopped by 97.1 The Ticket’s office Wednesday to update Detroit on his health — and his future.
Turns out his future includes something many NBA fans might not expect: He’s going back to school.
Drummond told 97.1 The Ticket’s Matt Dery he’s returning to the University of Connecticut this month to work on finishing the degree left behind when he declared for the NBA draft in 2012. Then he’ll spend the later months of the summer working out to get ready for the next season.
“I’m doing great,” he said, describing his back injury last season as a “freak accident” that won’t happen again. “I’m doing well, my back is great, I’m feeling good,” Drummond said.
It was a tumultuous season, and Drummond said he learned a lot.
“I think this year was a great year for me, to experience this at an early age so I know the way the business is and how things go,” Drummond said. “I mean, went through a trade, it’s tough to see some guys go that I started with, and now I’ve got a new player, it’s tough seeing that, and our coach, he was let go as well. For me seeing that now, it’s great and not good at the same time. I can see how things work and how people go, just like that.”
He added former coach Lawrence Frank had “family issues,” but said it was tough to see him go. The coach is in the past, but is Drummond the franchise’s future? “I’m just here to play basketball,” Drummond said.
He added: “I just give it my all every day, that’s what the fans expect out of me and that’s what I’m going to give them.”
On what he wants in a new coach, Drummond said he wants someone to “put his foot down” and bring the team together. “Sometimes we didn’t play good at all, we’re just inconsistent,’ Drummond said, adding, “We’re just ready to get better.”