An interview with:
COACH SCOTT DREW
PETER IRWIN: We would like to welcome Coach
Scott Drew from Baylor University. Coach,
welcome to the podium. We will take -- if you
would make an opening comment or two and then
we will take questions.
COACH DREW: I know we are an excited
bunch this year. We get to play right away and the easiest way to sum that up would be probably to say no one is looking more forward to a
nonconference schedule than our team this year,
having a full set of scholarships for the first time
and ready to go. So with that, I had the Starbucks
this morning, so questions?
Q. Hi, Coach. A year ago at this time
we were asking you what will it was like not
having a preseason. You gave your best
prediction you could. Now looking back on it,
what was it like, all that process?
COACH DREW: Definitely wouldn't
recommend it for anybody. The biggest and the
toughest thing was not playing games when the
games started and watching everybody. But once
the games actually did start, you are so far behind,
everybody else and the expectations are so high
and you are so excited for those first couple games
and now you are out there and not performing at
what you thought you were capable of doing.
That really was an even bigger let-down
than early in the year when people started playing
and you felt that withdraw of not being able to play.
So the first couple months was pretty
tough on the guys. Finally, about the second half
of conference, we were able to get our legs under
us, get caught up to game speed and be able to be
more competitive and obviously finish on a better
Q. Scott, I wonder if you can talk about
the change in coaching throughout this
conference. Are you kind of excited about
going against some new guys and what do you
think it will mean for the Big 12?
COACH DREW: We have had so many
things to concentrate on at Baylor University, we
really haven't had time to focus on everybody else.
In the Big 12 you will always have great coaches.
You will always have great players and you will
have great fan support. None of that changes.
We are just excited to be more competitive to play
against these schools now.
Q. Scott, a lot of talk about your three
newcomers. What have you seen there?
COACH DREW: Well, the great thing is all
three are different and all three can definitely help
us in different ways this season, starting with
Tweety Carter. Any time you get nicknames as
players, you know you are pretty good. Tweety,
Demond Carter is someone who can really score
as he has a good feel for the game. Being
someone that has played so many AU
tournaments and all-star games and all the
exposure he has gotten, he is ready to step in and
have a chance to play right away and not be in
awe of college or the Big 12.
And then you have Penny, Djibril Thiam.
He is someone that has grown eight inches in the
last three years. Coaches always hear about
players growing and somehow when we recruited
them in the past, they never did grow. But this is
different because we had a 6' 1" point guard when
we first looked at him and now he is 6' 9". So we
are excited with the different things he can do.
Basically at 6' 9" with those kind of
perimeter skills, he gives us someone who is a
match-up problem for people.
And the big guy in
the middle, Josh Lomers, at 7', 265, gives
Mamadou someone to go against every day in
practice. And because of his size and strength, he
is definitely someone that will do well in the Big 12.
No nickname for him. So we got to work on that.
Q. You guys and Texas A&M are picked
higher than ever in the coaches polls. Why do
you think your two programs in particular have
been able to recruit the way you have in a short
period of time. What does that say about the
players that are out there, and now the
competition in the Big 12 with more and more
teams being competitive?
COACH DREW: I know with Baylor
University, you have a school that has a lot to offer.
I know Texas A&M has a lot to offer. And
especially in the area that we are located, there is
a lot of good talent and now players are choosing
to stay close to home. That definitely helps you
attract that kind of talent.
Also, I think you bring in some good
players and then other players want to play with
those players. So in our situation, you bring in
someone like Aaron Bruce and other players, you
see him being successful his freshman year and
they want to play with him and that has helped as
Q. Scott, I wonder if you could talk
about Aaron's role with this team and how it
has evolved over the two years it has been in
COACH DREW: Aaron is somebody,
again, when he came to Baylor he was asked to do
so much as far as especially scoring. And
because of how hard he plays and with what
passion he plays, I think it attracted other recruits
and other people to Baylor University. It has
elevate other players on the team to play with that
kind of passion and excitement.
Now, I think as we have gotten better and
better personnel around Aaron, one of his best
attributes is his passing. And I think, again, each
year his scoring might go down, but his numbers
will go, up especially with the assist.
Now we are working on cutting down the
turnovers because sometimes he likes to make
those passes -- I mean, he is used to playing in the
world championships. We got good players, but
we might not have Andrew Bogut just yet, so we
are trying to work on that ratio right now.
Q. Coach, is it a different feeling not
being the team that's picked at the bottom of
the league like your first three years? First
three years people are like, Oh, they are Baylor,
they are going through growing pains, and now
they are talking you might have a chance to go
COACH DREW: I think it is a compliment
to our players and how far the program has come
in a short period of time. I think every coach and
person associated with athletics will tell you the
preseason polls don't matter half as much as the
post-season. What we are doing is concentrating
on where we finish up and how we prepare to get
ready to do that. It is a great sign of respect for our
program and just how far it has come and we take
that very appreciably.
Q. Scott, we know with Curtis Jerrells,
Aaron Bruce, now Tweety Carter, you got the
perimeter game to play with anybody in the Big
12. Has your inside scoring ability improved
along with the perimeter?
COACH DREW: I know each year with big
guys, they tend to mature a little bit slower than the
guards sometimes and each year, the Mamadous
and Kevin Rogers and our inside players will
continue to get better and better, especially with
the strength and conditioning part of it. Charlie
Melton, our strength coach has done an excellent
So again each year, I expect them to
continue to improve and get better. As far as right
now, I think they will benefit more from that
nonconference schedule than anybody else on our
team from the standpoint they will have a chance
to hopefully get some confidence in the
nonconference schedule rather than going up
against the Big 12 big guys they had to go up
against last year. And, again, every year they
Q. Scott, in terms of the post-season, I
wonder, how much are you talking to the guys
about those four magic letters, NCAA? How
much are you talking to them about the
tournament? That's clearly the goal.
COACH DREW: I think right now the guys
are just trying to survive practices. The first couple
days of practice, you know you are never in good
of shape as the coach wants you to be. Right now
"practice over" is what they want to hear more than
"NCAA" right now. I think it is a situation whereas
we start to play -- get closer to game time and we
play our exhibition games, we will sit down and
come up with our team goals and what we would
like to achieve this year and see where we are at
Good thing we don't have any injuries yet.
That's always a good thing for coaches early in the
Q. Coach, with all the perimeter
players, could we see something like Villanova
did last year where you have four guards out
on the court at the same time?
COACH DREW: That is definitely an
option and I think with more and more schools,
seeing the success at Villanova and some
programs that have played three guards have had,
I think that leads to more and more guards being
played. So that's definitely an option for us. It is
nice to have options for once, too.
PETER IRWIN: Okay, coach. We wish
you the best of luck for the season. Thank you
Big 12 Media Day: Scott Drew
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