2003 Spotlight: Drew Coffman

Last March, <b>Drew Coffman</b> received a letter in the mail. <p> <br> <b>FEBRUARY 25 UPDATE</b><p> <br>

Since then, mountains of letters continue to arrive daily bearing the Midland Lee standout's name.

Coffman, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound junior shooting guard, is uncommitted, but indicated he favors Tech.

"I am a big momma's boy, so it is important to stay close to home," said Coffman. "Right now, I would rank my top five possibilities as Texas Tech, New Mexico, Colorado State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma."

Coffman averages 27 points per game, but it's his other facets of his game that make the greatest impact.

"How I see the floor is my biggest asset. I can distribute the ball to other players," said Coffman. "I feel like I'm more of a slasher when it comes to offense. I'm more of a driver than a pull up shooter, but I can pull up. I can hit the mid-range shots."

Coffman's fundamentals can be traced to Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight.

"I went to Coach Knight's camp in Indiana when I was little," said Coffman, who maintains a 3.8 GPA. "My dad (Mark) is a huge fan of his. Those were fun weeks at camp."

Knight's arrival in Lubbock this season, prompted Coffman to consider Tech.

"If he was still at Indiana, I would love to play for him, but I can't see my self that far from home," said Coffman. "He's here now and is making Texas Tech one of the nation's premier basketball programs."

Earlier this season, Coffman met Knight following the Wyoming-Tech game.

"At first, I was nervous (about meeting him)," said Coffman. "I had never really meet him one-on-one. I was surprised that he had a good sense of humor. I thought he would be a stern person, but he wasn't. I was surprised how he acted, he's not as crazy as they show him on TV, he's more calm.

Coffman said Knight was honest about his abilities.

"He told me that I might redshirt. He was real honest," said Coffman. "I was impressed and so were my parents. A lot of coaches will tell you that you will come right in a play, but Coach Knight was real honest."

At Midland Lee, Coffman plays for his father, Mark, a 20-year coaching veteran.

"He's fair about it (our relationship)," said Drew. "He doesn't take it home with him. He's harder on me than anyone else, but I think he should be harder on the best player."

Drew isn't the only Coffman playing for his father. His younger brother, Jordan, a sophomore, also plays for Midland Lee."

Tech tops Coffman's short list, but he also remains very interested in his second choice, New Mexico.

Coffman said he respects Lobos coach Fran Fraschilla and enjoys watching New Mexico on television.

"I love the arena in New Mexico," said Coffman. "Their gym is always packed. It really is a basketball school."

******************FEBRUARY 25 UPDATE*******************

Coffman scored 20 points, including 11 third-quarter points, and added eight assists during Midland Lee's 73-49 area victory over El Paso Eastwood on Friday.

Coffman finished 7-for-13 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. He also grabbed five rebounds.

Midland Lee (26-5) will take on Lubbock Monterey (20-13) and Tech signee Josh Washington tomorrow at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock.

Tipoff for the Region I-5A quarterfinal is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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