2003 Spotlight: Drew Coffman

<b>Midland Lee</b> junior hoops standout talks about his <b>Texas Tech</b> verbal commitment in an exclusive <b>RaiderInsider.com</b> interview.

*************SG DREW COFFMAN (6-2, 170) **************

Coffman averaged 25 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals this season. He also led Midland Lee (29-6) to the Texas Class 5A state semifinals.

As a freshman, Coffman started for his father, Mark Coffman, at Lampasas. After Mark got the job at Midland Lee, Drew helped lead the Rebels to a playoff berth and an 18-12 record as a sophomore.

He selected Tech over New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

Thayer's Take: "Drew is a tremendous all-around basketball player. He's an excellent shooter, tenacious defender and great distributor of the basketball. He's also very fundamental and a tireless worker on both ends of the court. He's a Top 20 player in Texas, who will fit nicely within Coach Knight's program."

*****************MARCH 20 UPDATE*******************

TE: How was the press conference?

DC: "It went really well. I announced my verbal commitment to Texas Tech and fielded lots of questions from reporters."

TE: Did you talk with Coach Knight today?

DC: "I didn't, but my dad talked to Coach (Bubba) Jennings today. I'm supposed to visit Tech and Coach Knight in a couple of weeks to talk with him and get better acquainted with the campus."

TE: How does it feel to have already announced your verbal commitment?

DC: "It feels great, because it takes a lot of pressure off me. I didn't want the pressure to affect my play on the court, because I want to win a state title next season."

TE: When will you sign your letter of intent to attend Tech?

DC: "The early signing period is in November, so I expect to sign then."

TE: What are your summer plans?

DC: "I'll be playing AAU basketball all over the country for Team Texas. I'll also keep working on my game individually, which I do every summer. I've got a long ways to go before I'm successful Big 12 player, but that gives me extra motivation to work even harder."

TE: Thanks for your time tonight. Take care and good luck.

DC: "You too."

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