Andre Drummond made USA Basketball’s 28-man pool of players who will comprise the national-team rosters the next three years, including the 2016 Rio Olympic team.
What are Drummond’s chances of making the Olympic team? At ProBasketballTalk, I ranked all 28 players based on likelihood. Drummond, who will be 23 years old in 2016, was No. 18:
18. Andre Drummond (23)
Drummond is the youngest player on this list, and in a couple years, it might look foolish for him to be ranked so low. Just look how far his game has grown in the last two years, from the time he was underwhelming scouts at Connecticut to now. Drummond has the physical talent to skyrocket into the top three of this list. He’d just have to pass a deep crop of big men, including a few power forward who could play center internationally. Drummond’s size doesn’t separate him as much as it does in the NBA, and his defense needs major polish or else he’d be fouling out of every Olympic game.
Greg Monroe, who joined Drummond at the USA Basketball minicamp before the season, didn’t make the cut, but in the last four-year cycle, four players were added a few months after the initial pool was announced. Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk:
There are other guys on the cusp of making this pool, Krzyzewski singled out Greg Monroe of the Pistons as one, and he could be added later.
For what it’s worth, if Monroe is added to the pool, I’d rank him 23rd-most-likely to make the Olympic team, right between Bradley Beal and Kenneth Faried.