Loyola College head coach Jim Patsos continues to build his program at the Baltimore Catholic college with excellent in-state recruits like one of the most promising players in Maryland's 2010 prep hoops class, 6-foot-4 Justin Drummond of Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.).
Committing on Sept. 13, Drummond told ESPNRISE.com that he plans on signing with Loyola during the early NCAA signing period in November.
"The campus is beautiful. It is a great [academic] school," Drummond said. "I love coach Jimmy [Patsos]. He is a good coach and a really good guy. The team has some good players and the conference Loyola plays in is really good. It is close to my parents' home, so I'll be able to play in front of my friends and family in college."
Drummond comes from an educated and accomplished family -- his father is a physician and his mother owns her own business, so academics was an important part of his college decision.
"I [plan on being an attorney and I'll be majoring in pre-Law at Loyola," said Drummond. "The academic part of Loyola was a big part of my decision."
Drummond played at a prep school in West Virginia as a junior, so his name is not familiar to some D.C. area prep hoop fans, but the senior greatly enhanced his local reputation and college recruiting profile by having a great off-season last spring and summer playing for coach Lyndon DeBellotte's Kid's First AAU program.
Drummond said that he picked Loyola College over Niagra, Mercer, Stephen F. Austin and Florida Atlantic, among others.
"There were more colleges coming in all the time, if I had waited (to commit), I would have had more scholarship offers, but I knew Loyola was a great fit, so I just committed," Drummond said.
"I think Jimmy Patsos got a real steal in Justin," DeBellotte said. "Justin has always been a great shooter, but, in the last couple of years, he has gotten a lot more athletic, has improved with the ball and become an excellent defensive player."
Drummond will play for one of the area's top prep coaches this year at Riverdale Baptist -- Lou Wilson. The Retrievers are one of the top private school hoop programs in Maryland and Wilson has developed countless Division I college players in his long career at Largo High School and Riverdale Baptist.
Drummond will be counted on to replace the graduated Javorn Farrell, a 2009 All Met wing guard who will be a freshman at the University of Massachusetts this season.
"I just want to come in and help the team win," Drummond said of his senior athletic goals. "I just want to be part of a winning team. The scoring, getting honors like All-Met, I'm not worried about that. I just want to help the team, get a good year of education and get ready for college ball at Loyola. Like I said, coach Lou is a great coach and Riverdale always has good teams, so I'm excited."