Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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When former St. Louisan HOMER DREW, basketball coach at 3,800-student Valparaiso (Ind.) University, tried to recruit the top high school player in Indiana last year, he:

a) Gave the player free meals and lodging.

b) Gave him use of a car.

c) Gave him an allowance.

d) Slept with his mother.

The correct answer is "all of the above." But don't be too quick to dial up the NCAA hotline: The player was his son, Bryce, the 1994 Mr. Basketball in Indiana. He led his team to a 29-1 record, the loss coming in overtime in the state championship game.

JOSEPH TYBOR of the Chicago Tribune reports that when it came time for Bryce to choose a college, Homer Drew stood at the end of the line of recruiters. After all the offers were in, Drew sat down with his wife, Janet, and Bryce in the family living room, and made his pitch. As a coach.

"I had mixed feelings at first," JANET DREW said. "I wanted Bryce to choose a school that would give him an opportunity to grow other than as a basketball player. Yet, being married to Homer, I know I couldn't have a better person working with my son."

Mom and son bought the spiel, and Valpo landed perhaps its most-decorated recruit. And he's already paying dividends: Bryce is averaging 13 points a game; Valpo is 17-6 and leading the Mid-Continent Conference at 13-2.

"I'm not going to lie," Bryce said. "The main reason I came to Valparaiso is because my dad is here, my brother is here (as an assistant coach), and my mom is in the middle of everything.

"Our family has been close our whole lives. They've always helped me."

Now, he's helping ol' Dad.

*****

Bryce Drew is the only Mr. Basketball ever to play at Valpo, but he doesn't have the most recognizable name on the team. That distinction goes to KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR.

The son of the NBA's career scoring leader is a freshman, but already seems to embrace some of his father's values. When asked for the school media guide about his post-college ambitions, Kareem Jr. …

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