Player: Casiem Drummond
2007-2008 Key Stats: 4.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.6 blocks, 52.4 FG%
2007-2008 Review: Casiem had a solid start to the season, and I thought it was going to be a breakout year for the young big man. He was a beast on the glass and in the paint, averaging 8.5 rebounds and 1 block per game over the first seven games. He had a monster game against NC State in which he grabbed 17 boards. However, he suffered a stress fracture in his foot in early December, and was never the same since. He played significant minutes in only six of the last twenty-seven games and had fourteen D.N.P.’s. I think the loss of Drummond was a major cause of the slump Villanova experienced midseason. He was the starting center and the team’s only real inside presence, and it took a while for the young Wildcats to figure out how to play without him.
2008-2009 Preview: After the long off-season Drummond should be back to 100% this year. He will be a key player and might begin the season as the starting center. When healthy, Casiem is a legitimate double-double threat in points and rebounds. At 6’10, 275 lbs. Drummond is the only true center on the team. The team learned how to play without him last season, but I think it will be a major asset to have him on the floor because of his rebounding, shot-blocking, and overall defensive presence.