NEW YORK (May 14, 2013) --- Former UConn center Andre Drummond (Middletown, Conn.) has been named to the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie Team, announced Tuesday.
Drummond, a 2012 first-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons and the ninth overall pick, was named to the All-Rookie Second Team, earning the highest number of points of the five players on the Second Team. Drummond received five votes for the first team and 15 for the second team.
The 6-10 center, despite missing time during the latter part of the season with an injured back, played in 60 games for the Pistons this season, starting 10. He averaged 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 blocked shots and 20.7 minutes per game and shot 60.8 percent overall.
Drummond notched 11 double-doubles during his rookie season. He scored double figures in 20 games, including a season-high 29 points against Cleveland on April 10. He also recorded 22 double-figure rebounding games, including a season-high 18 against Milwaukee on Jan. 29.
Drummond is the ninth former Husky to be named to the NBA All-Rookie Teams, but the first since Rudy Gay made the All-Rookie First Team and Marcus Williams was on the All-Rookie Second Team in 2006-07.
The other Huskies to be honored after their first NBA season include: Charlie Villanueva (First Team, 2005-06), Emeka Okafor (Rookie of the Year) and Ben Gordon (both on First Team, 2004-05), Caron Butler (First Team, 2002-03), Ray Allen (Second Team, 1996-97), and Donyell Marshall (Second Team, 1994-95).
Named to the 2013 NBA All-Rookie First Team were Damian Lillard of Portland, Bradley Beal of Washington, Anthony Davis of New Orleans, Dion Waiters of Cleveland, and Harrison Barnes of Golden State.
Joining Drummond on the Second Team were Jonas Valanciunas of Toronto, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Charlotte, Kyle Singler of Detroit, and Tyler Zeller of Cleveland.
Drummond was a freshman at UConn during the 2011-12 season, playing all 34 games and averaging 10.0 points, a team-leading 7.6 rebounds, and shooting a team-best 53.8 percent as the Huskies went 20-14 and reached the NCAA Tournament.
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