Rookie Watch: Early surprises

Originally Published: November 15, 2012
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Andre DrummondGarrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesDrafted ninth overall by the Pistons, Andre Drummond is rising among the rooks ahead of schedule.

One of the challenges NBA scouts and executives face when evaluating draftees is that, for the most part, pro and college basketball are two different games played similarly. Much of the college game is lost in the pros. So players who have difficulty in some aspects of the NCAA game can quickly blossom in the NBA because those particular aspects no longer matter as much.