Drew will be third family member to coach at Valpo

Updated: June 28, 2005, 8:57 PM ET
Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Former NBA player Bryce Drew is returning to alma mater Valparaiso as an assistant to his father, coach Homer Drew.

Bryce Drew, a former Indiana high school Mr. Basketball who led the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament round of 16 in 1998, was a first-round draft pick by Houston. He was traded the next year to Chicago, where he started 41 games, and played the next three years with the Hornets.

Drew, waived by New Orleans in March 2004, played last season in Italy.

"Bryce brings to our program tremendous knowledge and understanding of the game as well as invaluable playing experience at the professional and collegiate levels," Homer Drew said Tuesday.

He will be the third member of the Drew family to coach for the Crusaders. His older brother, Scott, was a Valparaiso assistant for nine years and was the head coach for one season when his father retired. Homer Drew returned when Scott became the coach at Baylor two years ago.

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