Monday, August 30, 2010

2011 Trevante Drye Narrows It Down

Silver, blue & black  OR silver orange & black?  2011 W/P Trevante Drye of Baton Rouge Glen Oaks looks good sporting either one.  In the summer of 2009, Drye suited up with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors and did a great job playing up as a 16 year old at the highest level.  In the summer of 2010 with D1 having a stand alone crew out of Louisiana, Drye was able to stay closer to home and run with the New Orleans D-1 Ambassadors Elite. It's all good in the D1 Nation!
Below: 2011 Trevante Drye shown with the New Orleans D1 Ambassadors Elite
The 6'6" Drye is one of my favorite players to have personally coached.  He goes to work and gives you 100% at all times and NEVER complains. He's had a great high school career and would like to get back to the Cajun Dome one more time for a crack at a Louisiana State Championship.  Drye handles pressure as well as anyone.  He's had a heavy load to bear from the time he laced up his sneakers as he's the son of Louis Earl (LSU) & nephew of McDonald's All American  Lester Earl (LSU & Kansas).

Tre is his own man though, and in addition to his basketball talents is also academically off the charts with a 4.2 GPA.   Numerous colleges have called and many have offered too.  I had a chance to speak with Coach Jeff Jones this morning regarding Drye's recruitment.  Jones, a longtime friend of mine is extremely close to Drye's family and has been both an on and off the court mentor over the years.  He coached Drye for 3 years as the Assistant at perennial powerhouse, Glen Oaks.  Jones has now earned his Master's and has moved on to become the Dean of Students & Head Coach at Madison Preparatory Academy in Baton Rouge.  The common theme here is education.

Drye, shown below in the summer of 2009 with the Texas D1 Ambassadors

"Tre's had lots of action, and has narrowed down his options to UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, Tulane & SMU.  Because of the importance of education to his mom and him both, SMU & Tulane are the clear leaders at the moment. The lure of a $250,000 education and the alumni connections of the latter two schools may be too hard to pass up.  I believe he could be a 3 time all conference player at either of these spots. He's setting up visits now and will likely head to SMU for an official in the 2nd-3rd week of September."- Coach Jeff Jones

Drye is now topping out at 6'6-6'7" but he competes so hard that he's much "bigger than that.  His handles are improved and so is his intermediate shot.  Drye does most of his damage around the hoop as he is a relentless rebounder and will dunk on anyone in traffic or out.-Coach Max Ivany

I expect Tre Drye to be a success both on and off the court.  He'll be a nice get for either of these programs.  They say SMU doesn't get enough Texas kids, but if the Mustangs and Matt Doherty can pry him away from the new staff at Tulane (45 minutes from Baton Rouge), they will quickly adopt him as a Texas at Southern Methodist University.