Both of these clips still give me chills. Awesome Plays.
Most of you have probably seen these a million times. Bryce Drew’s shot for Valpo over Missisippi is one of the most played highlights this time of the year. What a play though! At Broughton, we ran this play. Every day at the end of practice, we did this play several times, just in case, just to prepare for this type of situation. That situation never came. We always practiced the play with 3 different people as Bryce Drew and I was one of the 3 “sharp shooters” on the team chosen in this play. Always dreamed that I would get a chance to pull it off, but like I said, all season that year we were never in that position. Some might not see it, but this play is all about the pass. Both passes actually. It’s a play more based on timing than anything. The inbounder has to hit the first dude in stride so he can hit the shooter in stride. If I got a good pass in practice, I would nail the shot. Dah well. Anyways, what is Bryce Drew up to these days? Well, when he hit the shot, his Dad was the coach, and I believe his Dad still is. Bryce is an “associate coach” at Valpo now. Not sure how that differs from an assistant, but whatevs. (Interesting extra fact, Scott Drew, the brother of Bryce, is coach at Baylor).
The Tyus Edney 4.8 second dash against Missouri is important because UCLA went on to win the title that year. It seems like every year, whoever wins the title has at least 1 scare. Rip Hamilton had to bail out Uconn the year they won. There was a close call for the Heels against Villanova in 2005. Tyus Edney came through huge here. Sick clip, but I like the other angle from the opposite baseline that they sometimes show. What’s Tyus up to these days? Well, after college, Tyus played a couple of years in the league with the Kings and Celtics before going to the Euroleague. He led his team in 1999 to the Euroleague title (and got the MVP award). Also got MVP of the Italian Cup in 2003. He currently plays for PGE Turów Zgorzelec in Poland.