By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ The Detroit Pistons have selected Connecticut big man Andre Drummond with the ninth pick in the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-10, 270-pound Drummond averaged 10 points and 7.6 rebounds last season as an 18-year-old freshman for the Huskies.
He’ll join Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe– Detroit’s last two first-round picks– as part of a young nucleus the Pistons hope they can build around. Detroit has missed the playoffs the last three seasons.
The Pistons took Knight last year at No. 8 when some of the top big men were already taken. Now they’re adding another inside presence who may be able to make an impact down low alongside Monroe.
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