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2014 MAC Basketball Top 25: #9 G/F Justin Drummond, Toledo Rockets

Every day from now until the beginning of the season we'll be counting down the top 25 players in the MAC for the upcoming season. Coming in at #9 is Justin Drummond from Toledo.

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It did not take Justin Drummond long to make an immediate impact for the University of Toledo Rockets during the 2013-2014 season.  The Bowie, Maryland native and transfer from Loyola (MD) burst onto the MAC basketball landscape last season averaging fourteen points per game in helping the Rockets to a school record 27-win season and conference regular season championship.

Drummond, a 6-foot-4 guard/forward combo, was the Rockets third leading scorer and a third team All-MAC selection last season.  He demonstrated a very well rounded game by chipping in three assists and five rebounds per game, which was second and third on the team respectively for the midnight blue and gold.  He tied for second on team with six 20-point games and third with 26 double-digit performances.  Drummond's finest performance came at home against West Division rival Western Michigan where he scored a career high 28 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to earn MAC West Division Player of Week honors.

Looking towards the 2014-2015 season, Drummond was voted a preseason First Team All-MAC West performer by the media for the Rockets who were the overwhelming pick to finish atop the MAC. With the departure of All-Conference performer Rian Person, look for Drummond's shot output to increase this season and don't be surprised to see improvement upon his 32% three-point shooting percentage as well.  For the offensively driven Rockets, who often struggled on the defensive end last season, Drummond will be also looked upon to use his versatility and athleticism to provide a defensive prescience that was often lacking in 2013-2014.

Off the court, Drummond is a Criminal Justice major with a plan following his basketball career as he formed his own private security management consulting firm known as SparkC in December 2013.