Believe it or not but Pistons’ center, Andre Drummond, just turned 20 this past Saturday. His age is quite deceiving with his height and build but Drummond dispelled draft day rumors of teenage laziness by putting together an impressive rookie campaign and earned himself an invite to this summer’s USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp. The future of “Deee-troit Basketball” looks to be quite promising with Drummond anchoring the center position but it may come as a surprise that Drummond recently became the “man” for millions of teenage males for a non-basketball reason.
Remember back in May when Memphis Grizzlies small forward, Quincy Pondexter, made a date with Miss Tennessee 2012, Chandler Lawson, through Twitter? Many were amazed at Pondexter’s Twitter game but it looks like Drummond may have him beat, as he was able to connect with someone through Twitter that he has had a crush on for a long time.
With Drummond being twenty, it makes sense that he would have a crush on teen sitcom star, Jennette McCurdy, from Nickelodeon’s teen sitcom, Sam & Cat. McCurdy was also in another Nickelodeon show, iCarly, which Drummond must have grown up watching and now with his new fame, he began to reach out to her.
Drummond announced his “love” of McCurdy back in July by Instagramming a photo of her with the Women Crush Wednesday hashtag, #WCW:
If that Instagram needed any clearing up, when a follower tried to get Drummond to follow back by talking about other teenage sweethearts, Drummond proclaimed his favoritism towards McCurdy:
— Andre Drummond (@DRE_DRUMMOND_) July 22, 2013
Drummond even retweeted this tweet of McCurdy’s to get her to follow back:
To say thanks for your ongoing support, I’m doing a follow spree today. RT for a follow!
— Jennette McCurdy (@jennettemccurdy) July 31, 2013
Then on the same day he sent out another #WCW Instagram:
Even though McCurdy was still not aware of Drummond’s overtures, his followers were, and they tried to get her attention, much to Drummond’s delight as he retweeted their pleas:
— X-Wing @Aliciousness (@khy4213) July 31, 2013
— Escobar Furious Sr. (@EscobarFurious) August 4, 2013
— Keith Morris (@KeithMorris21) August 5, 2013
Perhaps in one last final attempt, Drummond Instagrammed a third #WCW photo of McCurdy:
Then in a move that Drummond probably believed would only happen in his dreams, McCurdy tweeted this:
With his heart seemingly racing, Drummond played it cool and responded formally but McCurdy’s response must have really put him over the edge:
Drummond then set a “date”:
@jennettemccurdy ill let you know when I play in LA!
— Andre Drummond (@DRE_DRUMMOND_) August 7, 2013
The Pistons first trip to a Los Angeles is November 17th to take on the Lakers. This is a date that Drummond must have instantly circled on his calendar. Will McCurdy actually show up or was she just “leading” him on?
Much to Drummond’s delight, McCurdy’s interest in Drummond seems to be legitimate as she recently wished him a happy birthday:
As teenagers, we have all had crushes on other famous teenagers, and for Drummond to actually connect with his, is quite remarkable. If he brings the same level of intensity that he brought to his pursuit of McCurdy to the court this season, the rest of the league better watch out. Now that he doesn’t want to disappoint his newest fan, Jennette McCurdy, you can safely bet we are in for a vastly improved second year from Andre Drummond.
Top image via Andre Drummond’s Twitter.