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By Shawn Siegel

July 27th, 2006


Baylor Q&A: Scott Drew


It was an interesting season for Baylor to say the least.  Coming off sanctions, Scott Drew's squad didnt get to play a game until January, and their first win didn't come until February 1st.  But with that behind them and one of the biggest recruits in school history coming to campus, the Bears could be in for one of the country's surprise seasons. You have a major stud recruit coming in with Demond Carter, but discuss the incoming guys for a bit. Who will make the biggest impact?

Scott Drew:  Demond Carter is the most highly touted Baylor newcomer, as he was a McDonald’s All-American.  Also, he was unofficially the leading scorer in high school basketball history.  He has already played a tremendously competitive schedule in high school and should be able to adapt to the college level fairly quickly.  Our other two newcomers are Djibril Thiam and Josh Lomers who will have a chance to contribute immediately as well.


CHN: How will you deal with the graduation of the two seniors?


SD:  We lost two seniors in Tommy Swanson and Kevis Shipman, with Tommy Swanson being the lone starter to graduate.  Tommy hopefully will be playing basketball professionally or overseas next year. 


CHN: What do you expect the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s team to be?

SD:  The strengths to our basketball team should be in our backcourt beginning with Aaron Bruce who will be a junior and has played significant minutes now for two years, including his freshman year in which he was an All-American.  Curtis Jerrells also was a freshman All-American last year at the guard position along with Henry Dugat who received a lot of playing time in addition to McDonald’s All-American Demond Carter.  The weaknesses to our basketball team will still be our experience level with nine of the players being freshman or sophomores on the team next year.


CHN: Talk for a moment about which of your guys deserve more credit for working hard in practice, in the workout room, and being leaders off the court:


SD:  Our team is tremendously blessed with every player doing a great job in practice and getting themselves and their team better.  Last year Richard Hurd, Mark Shepherd, and Carl Sims were all instrumental in helping prepare our team for the season.  Their competitive nature also helped us to continually improve everyday in practice. 


CHN: Who helped you must to reach the level of success you’re at now?

SD:  The coach that helped mentor me the most was my Dad.  Coach Homer Drew is currently the 12th all time winningest active coach in Division I basketball.  He is not only an excellent basketball coach, but a tremendous father and taught me many life skills that hopefully I can pass on to our players. 

What are your realistic goals and hopes for this season?


SD:  As most teams, our goals start with trying to maximize our team’s potential and hopefully that leads to postseason success.

CHN: Thanks for your time coach.


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