Andre Jamal Drummond is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft with the ninth overall pick. A two-time NBA-All Star, he has led the league in rebounding four times and also been named to the All-NBA third team.
Drummond was one of the top-rated basketball players in the high school class of 2011, and played one season of college basketball with the Connecticut Huskies before declaring for the draft. He has perennially been among the league leaders in rebounding. Drummond was a member of the 2014 US national team that won a gold medal in the FIBA basketball World Cup. At the 2020 trade deadline he was traded to the Cavaliers.
Born in Mount Vernon, New York to Jamaican parents, Drummond moved to Middletown, Connecticut as a 7-year-old with his mother and sister, then went to Woodrow Wilson Middle School before starting high school at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. During his freshman year, he averaged 12.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game. He improved during his sophomore year at Capital Prep, averaging 20.2 points, 16.6 rebounds, 7.2 blocks and 4.5 steals per game. After two years at Capital Preparatory Magnet School, he transferred to St. Thomas More. He was rated as the #1 player in the class of 2011 by ESPN and NBADraft.net, while being ranked #2 player by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Drummond initially declared he would spend a post-graduate year at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in 2011–12. Two weeks later on August 26, 2011, he announced via Twitter that instead he intended to attend the University of Connecticut. According to ESPN, the decision “created a media frenzy due to the sheer surprise.”
Drummond appeared in 34 games as a freshman at UConn, starting 30 times. He averaged 28.4 minutes of playing time per game, during which he scored 10.0 points and grabbed 7.6 rebounds. He led the team in rebounds per game, blocks per game (2.7) and field goal percentage (.538). Andre scored 20+ points in 2 games during the season, including a 24-point performance against Holy Cross, in which he shot 11-of-12 from the field. Drummond’s collegiate career ended in the first round of the NCAA Championship, as the ninth-seeded Huskies fell to eight-seed Iowa State. The freshman centre scored two points before fouling out in 26 minutes. A month later, Drummond announced his decision to enter the 2012 NBA Draft.
Drummond was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. In his rookie season, Drummond averaged 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.6 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game. On May 14, 2013, he was named to the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie Second Team. He also finished fourth in NBA Rookie of the Year voting.
On January 24, 2014, Drummond recorded a then career-high 20 rebounds to go with 20 points in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Drummond recorded Double-doubles in each of the Pistons’ first three games of the 2015-16 season, helping lead the team to an NBA-tying-best 3–0 record for the first time since the 2008-09 season. On November 3, Drummond recorded 25 points and a career-high 29 rebounds in a loss to the Indiana Pacers, becoming the first Piston with back-to-back 20/20 games since 1985. November 8, he recorded 29 points and 27 rebounds in a win over the Portland Trailblazers. He was subsequently named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the second week of the season, becoming the first Piston to win player of the week in consecutive weeks, and the first player to win the award in the first two weeks of the season since LeBron James.
On July 15, 2016, Drummond re-signed with the Pistons on a five-year, $130 million contract.
On February 6, 2020, the Pistons traded Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in exchange for Brandon Knight, John Henson, and a 2023 second round draft pick.
Net worth: As per a report by Celebrity Net Worth, Drummond has a net worth of $40 million.