Bryce Drew agrees to become Vanderbilt’s next coach, in principle.
Vanderbilt beat out Georgia Tech for the services of Valparaiso Head Coach Bryce Drew. Vanderbilt has a young coach that knows how to win in a challenging mid-major conference, the Horizon League. Georgia Tech’s top two options are now off the table as Jeff Capel and Bryce Drew both rejected Mike Bobinski’s offers. Vanderbilt is bringing in another coach with significant experience coaching in the State of Indiana.
Bryce Drew’s challenge is to build a staff that will be able to recruit the Southeast region or bring in talented student-athletes on a national or global level that are able to handle the academic rigors of Vanderbilt University. Drew would need to retain the student-athletes and attract recruits that fit to his system or fit them to a different system.
Drew inherits a depth chart that will likely not include Wade Baldwin IV or Damian Jones as both are projected to be drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft.
With Bryce Drew, the continuity offense and back door cut heavy offense is gone. Now, the prevalent offense is going to be a motion offense that is inspired by Drew’s experiences as an NBA player. Vanderbilt will run an offense that is supposed to be more oriented to scoring in 24 seconds or less, but the pace of play that Drew’s teams operate is actually slower than average.
Valparaiso was not an offensive dynamo under Bryce Drew, but was a tough defensive team that operated at a slow tempo. Bryce Drew will provide a different offensive identity and efficiency than Vanderbilt fans are accustomed. Vanderbilt had an adjusted offensive efficiency of 111.3 (46th in the country), defensive efficiency of 96.4 (34th in the country and an adjusted pace of 68.6 (191st in the country) in the 2015-16 season. Below is what Vanderbilt fans are accustomed to seeing with Kevin Stallings at the helm prior this past season.
Are the days of Vanderbilt splashing threes, using effective movement with and without the ball over? Vanderbilt’s style may become more of a grind.
Defensively, Bryce Drew’s Valparaiso team let opponents attempt shots at the rim more than any other place.
20.7% of opponents’ shots last season were in transition or within the first ten seconds of the shot clock. These transitional opportunities were converted at a 47.8% effective Field Goal rate. In half court defense, Valparaiso held opponents to 42.9% effective Field Goal rate. Bryce Drew coached teams typically mix up a 2-3 Matchup Zone and Man-to-Man Defense.
Bryce Drew’s style should be a radical departure from Kevin Stallings and it remains to be seen whether this is going to turn out well. In the meantime, SEC fans may mistake Vanderbilt’s coach for someone else though.