Bryce Drew

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Bryce Drew
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Vanderbilt Commodores
Position Head coach
League SEC
Personal information
Born (1974-09-21) September 21, 1974 (age 42)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school Valparaiso HS (Valparaiso, Indiana)
College Valparaiso (1994–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career 1998–2004
Position Point guard
Number 11, 24, 17
Coaching career 2005–present
Career history
As player:
19982000 Houston Rockets
2000–2001 Chicago Bulls
2001–2002 Charlotte Hornets
20022004 New Orleans Hornets
2004 Viola Reggio Calabria
2004–2005 Valencia
As coach:
2005–2006 Valparaiso (assistant)
2006–2011 Valparaiso (assoc. HC)
2011–2016 Valparaiso
2016–present Vanderbilt
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Bryce Homer Drew (born September 21, 1974) is an American college basketball coach and former player. He currently is the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores. He previously served in the same capacity at his alma mater, Valparaiso, having succeeded his father, Homer Drew. Bryce's brother, Scott, also coached at Valpo before becoming the head coach of the Baylor Bears. As a player, Bryce Drew was known for his buzzer-beating shot in the first round of Valparaiso's run in the 1998 NCAA Tournament. He went on to play six seasons in the NBA as a backup point guard for the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Hornets.

High school career[edit]

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,[citation needed] 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 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.

College career[edit]

Though recruited by dozens of schools,[citation needed] 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.

"The Shot"[edit]

For more details on this topic, see The Shot (Valparaiso University).

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,[1] and Drew secured his place as a Valparaiso, Indiana celebrity along with popcorn guru Orville Redenbacher.

Professional career[edit]

Following his rise to fame in the tournament,[citation needed] 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.

Coaching career[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.

On April 6, 2016, after five seasons as Valpo's coach, Drew was hired by Vanderbilt to be their head coach.[2] In his introductory press conference, he stated, "No Vanderbilt team has ever made it to the Final Four, and we would like to be that first."[3]

Personal[edit]

Drew is the brother-in-law of former University of Toledo and Philadelphia 76ers basketball player, Casey Shaw. Drew's sister Dana is Shaw's wife.

Drew's wife, formerly Tara Thibodeaux, was a professional cheerleader of the Atlanta Hawks. Tara is the daughter of former child actor Keith Thibodeaux who portrayed Ricky Ricardo, Jr. ("Little Ricky") on the TV series I Love Lucy.

His brother, Scott Drew, is the basketball coach at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Valparaiso Crusaders (Horizon League) (2011–2016)
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
2014–15 Valparaiso 28–6 13–3 1st NCAA Second Round
2015–16 Valparaiso 30–7 16–2 1st NIT Runner Up
Valparaiso: 124–49 (.717) 65–19 (.774)
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (2016–present)
2016–17 Vanderbilt 0–0 0–0
Vanderbilt: 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–)
Total: 124–49 (.717)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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