One-hit wonder extended career: Bryce Drew

bryce-drew-thumbBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Each week, Poor Scholars digs a little bit deeper into the catalog of an infamous “one-hit wonder” by listening to their other “top hits” on Spotify to explore what exactly went wrong. This week, since March Madness has taken over his brain, Poor Scholars’ Scott Phillips breaks down the career of famous NCAA Tournament one-hit wonder Bryce Drew.

I’m happy to say that I’m writing this week’s One-Hit Wonder Extended Career article in the hopes that it’s subject, Bryce Drew, outlives his current fate as “the coach’s son that hit that buzzer beater for the win in the NCAA Tournement.”

 

You’ve gotta admit; pretty sweet shot, right? I mean that’s one of the best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history, but Bryce Drew has done more with his basketball life than give his father Homer Drew an NCAA Tournament win.

Bryce was a first round pick of the Houston Rockets (16th overall) in 1998 and spend six seasons playing in the NBA.

Although his playing career leaves a lot to be desired, it’s his coaching career that has a very bright future. At 38, Bryce has led his alma mater Valparaiso, in his father’s footsteps, back to the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders won the Horizon League tournament over Wright State in a game one scout described to me as, “a matchup of coaches you’ll be seeing in a much larger league very soon.”

Which is to say, all of you state school fans and alums, Bryce Drew (and Billy Donlon, Wright State’s coach) could be leading your program very shortly. Bryce comes from a family of Division I coaching success, his brother Scott has led a resurgance at Baylor over the course of his ten-year tenure, and as previously mentioned, their father Homer was the coach at Valparaiso for 22 seasons, so it would be easy to assume that Bryce is in line to be the next young and successful mid-major coach to get a shot at the big time.

Pretty soon, he might even shed that label of “NCAA Tournament One-Hit Wonder.”

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