Antonio Drummond Is For Real

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By Roy & Harv Schmidt

We had heard about all of the hype surrounding 5'10 freshman point guard Antonio Drummond from Peoria Central. However, we needed to see for ourselves. After watching Drummond at the Illinois Spot-Lite Fall Exposure Shootout, we are now going on record saying that he is the real deal. In fact, we have not seen a better prospect in Illinois from the class of 2012.

We watched Drummond play two games at the Spot-Lite event and it only took about two minutes into the first contest for us to conclude that he was easily the best prospect on the court. Not only that, but it was plain to see that he is a player who is capable of impacting the game in so many ways.

First and foremost, what immediately stood out to us was Drummond's calm demeanor. Simply put, nothing seems to phase him and he is all business once he takes the floor. In this respect, he approaches the game in the same manner as Derrick Rose. We aren't saying that Drummond is going to be as good as Rose, as it is way too early to form that conclusion, but we are saying that the truly elite players seem to have a built-in work ethic and attitude that cannot be coached and allows them to be completely immune to outside distractions. Drummond appears to fall into that category.

There is no question that Drummond's skill set is extremely high. He has explosive quickness to the basket, handles the ball extremely well and feeds the post effectively. Because of his outstanding playmaking skills, he has the capability of making his teammates even better. He is also a good shooter with range that extends beyond the 3-point line.

Hailing from Peoria and being a point guard, an immediate comparison can be made between Drummond and the other premier point guard in the Peoria area--5'10 class of 2010 prospect Donivine Stewart from Bartonville Limestone. Anyone who has read what we have written about Stewart in the past knows that we are big fans. Therefore the following statement is not a knock against Stewart, it is moreover the ultimate endorsement of Drummond--we think that when it is all over Drummond is going to be even better.

Don't get us wrong, there are still things that Drummond needs to work on, as is the case with any player his age. He has the tendency to force shots and at times can be turnover-prone in the open court. However, it is not a case of him being wild and out of control. We think that it is more indicative of him trying to do too much.

In today's day and age of high school basketball where several talented young players tend to get cocky and listen to everyone tell them how great they are, it is refreshing to see someone such as Drummond who appears to be extremely focused and has his head on straight. As long as that doesn't change, there is no doubt in our mind that you are looking at a player who has the ability to be truly special.
Other Notes From Illinois Spot-Lite Fall Exposure Shootout

... We thought that the biggest sleeper to emerge from this event may have been 6'3 junior shooting guard Greg Tucker, who has transferred from Whitney Young to Lincoln Park. Tucker has ideal size, can fill it up from downtown, is also capable of attacking the basket and plays aggressively. There is no question that he will provide Lincoln Park head coach Tom Livatino with an added dimension and makes a team that was already good that much better.

... Crete-Monee head coach Rocky Hill has two stellar athletes in 6'4 class of 2011 prospect James Crockett and 6'5 class of 2010 prospect Mario Redmond. Both are dynamite in transition and great finishers. They are both on the tweener side as of now and need to show a perimeter game, but when you consider that they are underclassmen, we really like their up sides.

... Neuqua Valley's 6'5 Dwayne Evans was terrific once again and he continues to show why his stock is on the rise as one of the better prospects in Illinois from the class of 2010. Evans is an absolute warrior around the basket, as he crashes the boards, finishes just about everything, can handle the ball and plays hard from start to finish. If he continues to develop his face up game, watch out!

... A special kudos goes out to Larry Butler and his entire Illinois Spot-Lite staff for their first-class hospitality and for running an extremely well-organized showcase event.

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