Anyone who has seen him operate on a basketball court knows guard Drue Drinnon can really play the game. The Atlanta, Georgia native is in his freshman season of basketball at the University of New Mexico.
“It’s crazy coming over here like in Atlanta I feel like I was in the best shape of my life,” said Drinnon. “Coming here I felt like I was in the worst shape of my life. But, really every day we run, we lift. Every single day it’s something different. It’s going to get me right, especially for me. I’m a small guard. I have to get bigger. I have to guard bigger guards. He’s getting me right.”
Drinnon is referring to head coach Paul Weir. Weir is in his second season at New Mexico.
Drinnon played his senior season of high school basketball at the University School of Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Prior to that, he played his freshman and sophomore season at Pebblebrook High School in Georgia where he was the school’s all-time scoring leader as a freshman, averaging 24 points per game. He averaged 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists as a sophomore.
Drinnon grew up thinking about colleges in the south.
“Growing up I always looked at Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia,” said Drinnon. “That’s my home state. I looked at all of those schools and I had some offers from some of those type of schools.”
Drinnon is glad he chose New Mexico and sounds excited about what could be.
“Just the opportunity, coming here, knowing what we can do, looking at the roster, looking at people who were coming in,” said Drinnon. “It was just a great opportunity.”
Off the court, Drinnon likes video games and loves to eat. His favorite is chicken wings. He said the hotter the better when it comes to wings.
The Lobos will hold their Cherry and Silver Scrimmage Friday at 6 p.m. at Dreamstyle Arena.