September 21, 1974 |
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||184 lb (83 kg)|
|High school||Valparaiso (Valparaiso, Indiana)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Number||11, 24, 17|
|2001–2004||Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets|
|2004||Viola Reggio Calabria (Italy)|
|2006–2011||Valparaiso (assoc. HC)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Bryce Homer Drew (born September 21, 1974) is the head coach, and a former member, of the Valparaiso University Crusaders men's basketball team. His father, Homer Drew, had served as the head coach of the men's basketball team, and his brother Scott Drew is the head coach of Baylor University's men's basketball team after having served nine years as assistant coach at Valparaiso and one year as head coach. Bryce Drew is also known for his buzzer-beating shot in the first round of Valparaiso's run in the 1998 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. He also played six seasons in the NBA, as a backup point guard for the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets.
High school career
After having been exposed to basketball for years through his father's head coaching position, Bryce played basketball as the point guard for Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, Indiana. As he progressed through high school though, Drew developed a rapid heartbeat, which required three surgeries to repair. Despite this difficulty, he led his team to the state final game, and was named Indiana's Mr. Basketball of 1994. He was also named the Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year for Indiana his senior season in high school after guiding his team to a 28–1 season with the only loss coming in the state finals in overtime to the South Bend Clay High School Colonials.
Though recruited by dozens of schools, Drew eventually decided to attend Valparaiso University, then a member of the Mid-Continent Conference, for men's basketball. In his four years playing, Drew collected dozens of honors and records, including being ranked in the top 15 nationally in 3-point field goal and free throw percentage and leading the team to three consecutive conference regular season and tournament championships. He also collected three conference tournament MVP awards, two conference MVP awards, and is Valparaiso's all-time scoring, 3-point field goal, and assist leader.
During the 1998 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 13-seed Valparaiso was facing 4-seed Ole Miss in the first round. Valparaiso was down 69–67 with 4.1 seconds remaining in the game and Mississippi's Ansu Sesay at the free throw line. After Sesay missed both shots, the Crusaders came up with possession 94 feet (29 m) from their basket, and 2.5 seconds remaining in the game. On the inbound, the Crusaders used a play known as "Pacer". Jamie Sykes inbounded to Bill Jenkins, who passed the ball to Bryce Drew. Drew made a 23-foot 3-point shot, giving him his 22nd point of the night, and clinching the Crusaders' 70–69 upset and advancing them in the tournament. Drew proceeded to lead the defeat of 12-seeded Florida State 83–77 in overtime, with a 22-point game. Drew and the Crusaders fell to 8-seeded Rhode Island by a score of 74–68, with Drew scoring 18 points. Sports Illustrated would rank it the No. 5 sports moment of 1998, and Drew secured his place as a Valparaiso, Indiana celebrity along with popcorn guru Orville Redenbacher.
Following his rise to fame in the tournament, Drew was selected as Valpo's first ever first round pick as the 16th selection of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. After playing with the Rockets for two years, Drew spent one season with the Chicago Bulls, and signed as a free agent for three seasons with the New Orleans Hornets (Charlotte Hornets during his first season with the team). Drew was then waived by the Hornets, and played professionally for the Valencia BC for a year.
In the summer of 2005, Drew was selected as the new assistant coach of the Valparaiso University men's basketball team. In 2006, Bryce was elevated to the position of associate coach, furthering speculation that he would eventually inherit the head coaching position upon his father's retirement. When Homer Drew retired in May 2011, Bryce Drew was hired as the head coach. Drew was also honored as one of Valparaiso University's 150 Most Influential Persons in the University's history.
Drew's wife, formerly Tara Thibodeaux, was a professional cheerleader of the Atlanta Hawks. Tara is the daughter of former TV star Keith Thibodeaux who is better known as "Little Ricky" on the TV series I Love Lucy.
Head coaching record
|Valparaiso Crusaders (Horizon League) (2011–present)|
|2011–12||Valparaiso||22–12||14–4||1st||NIT First Round|
|2012–13||Valparaiso||26–8||13–3||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2013–14||Valparaiso||18–16||9–7||4th||CIT First Round|
|Valparaiso:||83–39 (.680)||40–15 (.727)|
|Awards and achievements|
|Indiana Mr. Basketball award