Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew agrees to become next coach at Vanderbilt

Valparaiso's Bryce Drew has agreed to become the next coach at Vanderbilt. (USATSI)
Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew has agreed to become the next coach at Vanderbilt. (USATSI)

Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew has agreed in principle to become the next men’s basketball coach at Vanderbilt, a source confirmed to CBS Sports on Monday.

SI.com reported a deal should be finalized in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Drew, 41, has been Valpo’s coach for each of the past five years. He’s won four Horizon League regular-season titles and four Horizon Tournament championships. And though he had turned down big offers before, sources told CBS Sports last week that Vanderbilt intrigued Drew for a variety of reasons, among them because it’s a private school with a niche in a Power 5 league. It should be noted that Drew’s older brother, Scott Drew, has flourished at private school with a niche in a Power 5 league. He’s been the coach at Baylor since 2003. He’s made six of the past nine NCAA Tournaments and two Elite Eights.

Georgia Tech also targeted Bryce Drew, sources told CBS Sports. But Drew always preferred Vanderbilt, according to sources. So he essentially picked Vandy over Georgia Tech. Another thing worth noting: Valpo junior Alec Peters has a chance to graduate early and become a graduate transfer, sources told CBS Sports. So he could, in theory, follow Drew to Vanderbilt (or explore other options) and be eligible immediately. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds this season.

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