Round 1: #2 Caron Butler vs. #15 Andre Drummond

Caron Butler vs. Andre Drummond

#2 Caron Butler – (2000-2002)
by Meghan Bard

Caron Butler only spent two years at UConn, but in that time he accomplished an incredible amount. He joined the 1,000 club, scoring 1,136 in just two seasons. Butler led the team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman. In his sophomore year, Butler averaged just over 20 points per game, and led UConn to both Big East regular season and tournament championships. The 2002 team went to the Elite Eight, losing to eventual champion Maryland, despite Butler’s 32 points. He was named to the First Big East Team in his sophomore year, and was a lottery pick in the NBA draft in 2002.

Career Points: 1136

Career Rebounds: 477

Career Assists: 190

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Career Steals: 134

Career Blocks: 22


1st Team Big East 2001-2002
3rd Team Big East 2000-2001
1,000 point club
NBA Lottery pick
Left UConn after sophomore season

  #15 Andre Drummond – (2011-2012)
by Tyler Wilkinson

When the news broke that Andre Drummond would attend UConn, the state celebrated. The big man, playing high school ball in Middletown, was expected to play an additional year of prep ball before heading to the NBA. Instead, he arrived in Storrs with incredible expectations. In his lone season on campus, Drummond put up 340 points while leading the team in rebounds and blocks per game. His team underwhelmed due in large part to an uneasy coexistence between Drummond and junior big man Alex Oriakhi. After the season, faced with a looming tournament ban for UConn, Drummond fled for the NBA Draft where he was selected 9th overall by the Detroit Pistons.

Career Points: 340

Career Rebounds: 257

Career Assists: 15

Career Steals: 28

Career Blocks: 92


NBA Lottery Pick

Left UConn after freshman season

A-Z Tourney: Round 1 -- F vs. J

  • Team F (51%, 82 Votes)
  • Team J (49%, 79 Votes)

Total Voters: 134

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    • A staring lineup of Okafor, Boone, Butler, Gordon, and Taliek with a bench of Villanueva, Armstrong, Denham, and Anderson would have been ridiculous. Even more so if Williams hadn’t flunked off the team halfway through the season.

    • Memories of Drummond are very skewed by how dysfunctional that team was and the expectations people had for him. If you look at the raw numbers, he had one of the best years a Freshman ever had at UConn.

      Still, no contest with Caron obviously.

      • Agreed….I think we all had much higher expectations for him and the team as a whole unperformed. I felt he was still too raw and needed another year of college ball. Seemed to lack the effort he should have shown. However, I believe he is doing pretty well for the Pistons so I guess he didn’t need that extra year! 🙂

  1. I had a lot of fun watching Drummond most nights. I just wish he stuck around…but clearly he made the right choice. He’s starting to look like a less cancer-y Dwight Howard. Caron is just much more meaningful to Husky History.

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