Then & Now: Andrew Drevo
Compiled By Dave Brandon
(Photo Courtesy Columbia Daily Tribune)
Andrew Drevo played for Nebraska from 2001-2004,
and ended his career fifth on the all-time
transfer-scoring list (737 points). Drevo, a Lincoln
Christian native who came back home via Morningside
College, averaged double digit scoring in both of
his seasons at Nebraska, and played a prominent role
in Nebraska's 2003-2004 NIT run.
Drevo currently plays
professional basketball in France, and recently took
the time to join HHC for our weekly Sunday feature,
"Then & Now."
HHC: Andrew, thanks for joining us from across the ocean. How are things
going over there?
AD: No problem. Thanks for the
invite. Things over here are good. My wife and I are
living in the Northwest corner of France right along
the coast. We are enjoying the scenery, the
food, and the people here in France are actually
HHC: How much French can you speak and
not much. The only French I can speak is the basic
greetings and a few other words you need to know
just to get by. Mostly words for food since you need
to know what you are buying when you go to the
grocery store. I can't really write any
French because some of the phrases I do know are
spelled much differently than you would think since
they pronounce words so differently in French.
HHC: Prove to us that you know a
little - say something in French, and then tell us
what you said.
AD: Ok, let’s see…"Aller grand
rouge!"...which means Go Big Red!....I think.
HHC: (Laughs) One more privy question
before we get to basketball. We know you’re married,
but is what they say true about the French girls
being blonde, blue eyed, beautiful, and sweet?
AD: Not really, Sweden had more of
those types of girls than here in France. France is
much more multi-cultural that you would think. But I
can tell you this...my wife has red hair, green
eyes, is very beautiful, and extremely sweet!
HHC: (Laughs) That's what we like to
hear! All right, back to basketball now. You are a
Lincoln kid, as you went to Lincoln Christian and
played on some great teams there with players such
as Tom Cockle. Growing up, were you a Nebraska
AD: Actually, when I was growing up, I
didn't really follow Nebraska basketball until I was
in high school. And the thought that I would ever
play there was the furthest thing from my mind. I
was content with going to Morningside College and
playing for a good Division Two program and really
enjoyed my time there.
HHC: Who are your all-time favorite Nebraska basketball players, outside of
yourself and your teammates, of course?
AD: Well, not many people know this,
but my father Dave Drevo played basketball at
Nebraska in the early 70's for two years before he
had to quit because of knee problems. I believe he
played from 1970-1972 for Joe Cipriano. So, I would
have to say that he was! Besides my father, I
thought it was always fun to watch Tyronn Lue
and Eric Piatkowski play.
HHC: After graduating from Lincoln
Christian, you ended up at Morningside College,
where you played two seasons. Did Nebraska, or any
other D-1 schools show any interest in you out of
AD: Not really. In high school I hurt
my back during my junior year after the 4th game and
had to miss the rest of the season. I think that
kind of set me back as far as Division One schools
hearing about me. I had a ton of Division Two offers
and an offer to walk on at Pacific where Tom Cockle
ended up going. Besides that, the only other
Division One interest that I had was Creighton, but
they wanted to wait until after my senior year
before they would decide whether or not to offer,
and I wanted to sign early so I just decided to
sign with Morningside where my brother Matthew was
HHC: Walk us through how you ended up
transferring to Nebraska. Did you have any clue that
you'd end up playing in Lincoln again?
AD: Well it's kind of a long story,
but it all started during my second year at
Morningside when the school president announced that
starting my senior year, the whole athletic program
at Morningside was going down to NAIA because of
financial reasons. Well, I decided I was going to
transfer to another school because I didn't want my
last year of college ball to be a step down. When
they released my from my scholarship, conference
rival South Dakota offered me a scholarship to play
for them, and when I told them no thanks, former
Husker Andy Markowski, who was an assistant coach at
South Dakota, called up the coaches at Nebraska and
told them to give me a look. After that I decided I
wanted to see if I could make it playing Division
One ball and Coach Collier told me that I could walk
on the first two seasons and would have a chance to
earn a scholarship for my senior season.
HHC: Speaking of Collier, describe him in your own words.
AD: I think the word that best
describes Coach Collier as a man and as a coach is
the word "integrity". He does things the right way
no matter how much pressure might be on him to
compromise doing what is right. I think this is very
important because it sets a great example for his
players that there is a right way to do things and a
wrong way, on and off the court. His example really
encourages his players to choose what is right which
will stick with them long after basketball is
over. I also believe that he is an excellent teacher
of the game. I know that just because I played
for Coach Collier I have learned more about the game
of basketball, which I know has helped me in my
professional basketball career and beyond if I ever
want to go into coaching.
HHC: After redshirting in 2001-2002, you began your playing career at
Nebraska in 2002-2003, averaging 13.9 PPG and 7.3
RPG, both bests on the team. These achievements
earned you a spot on the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team.
How were you able to step right in and contribute at
such a high level?
think my redshirt season was one of the best things
that has happened to me as a player. I was able to
concentrate on lifting weights to get stronger, and
also was able to take time to learn Coach Collier's
system, as well as just adjusting to a new school
and new life back in Lincoln. Already having two
years of experience in one of the best Division Two
conferences in the country was another thing that I
think made the transition so successful.
HHC: In your senior season of
2002-2003, you finished with 10.8 PPG and 4.3 RPG,
while helping to lead the Huskers to the third-round
of the NIT Tournament. Talk about the fondest
memories from your senior year?
AD: There were so many great memories
from that season that I will never forget. So man,
this is a tough one, but I'm going to say my fondest
memory was beating Creighton at the Qwest Center in
The other memory that I
will always have is our trip to play Hawaii when we
lost in the NIT. I will say this - if your season
and career has to come to an end, it might as well
end in Hawaii! We stayed an extra day and just had
fun hanging out as a team in such an awesome place!
HHC: What was it like going into
Creighton's house and knocking them off during that
I don't really know how to explain how good that
felt! We had so many faithful Husker fans at the
game and just to be able to win it for them and to
hear so many Husker fans cheering in that place
after we won was just awesome. Especially for us
seniors it was special, because that could have been
our last game. It was just nice to be able to
finally beat those guys. And to do it in the Quest
Center on there home floor were they are so
tough was something I will never forget.
HHC: And, what did it mean to you getting to play in your hometown, in front
of your family and friends for those two years?
AD: Anyone out there that grew up in
Nebraska understands that every kid from here dreams
of someday being a Husker, and for me to grow up
here and to now say that I am a Husker is something
that I never thought would happen. It was so nice to
be able to have so many friends and family come to
all of my games. When I was at Morningside, my
parents tried to make it to almost all of our games
to see my brother and I play, so it was nice that
for my last two seasons, they only had to drive
across town and not across the country.
HHC: Finally, tell us how last season went for you in Sweden. Did you have a
big culture shock?
AD: Last season was really great. I
couldn't have pictured my first year of professional
ball in Europe going any better, as far as my
overall experience. I averaged 21 points and 9
rebounds per game and my team won the Swedish
Championship. It was a fun team to play on, and all
of the guys got along really well. My wife and I
also really enjoyed the Swedish way of life.
The culture there is not
"shockingly" different because everyone there speaks
English, and they have American TV and movies so the
transition was pretty smooth. The only big
difference is how expensive everything is there. You
have to pay about 8 dollars to get a Whopper at
Burger King. And gas prices were about 5 dollars per
gallon. Also we had to pay 35 dollars for a large
Pizza Hut pizza. Ouch!
HHC: No kidding, that’s our whole
diet! (Laughs) Do you run into any former Huskers or
Big 12 players in the league you play in?
AD: I haven't run into any other
former Huskers in France but there are some former
Big 12 players and players I played against in
college. Kenny Gregory and Nick Bradford from
Kansas, and Michael Bauer from Minnesota are in
France this year, and last year Ryan Robertson from
Kansas and Hollis Price from Oklahoma played in
France. And actually, the point guard on my team
this year is Turner Battle, who played at
Buffalo with current Husker B.J. Walker. Small
HHC: What led you to France this year from Sweden, and where are you at, so
we can all follow you?
AD: We are living in Brest, France in
the far Northwest corner of the country. We really
loved being in Sweden last year but the league here
in France is one of the best in Europe, so the
chance to play in such a competitive league was
probably the biggest factor. You can follow how my
team is doing by going to the French league website
which is: www.lnb.fr
HHC: Andrew, thanks a lot for taking the time to join us. Are you cool with
taking e-mails from the fans if we set you up an
[email protected] and tell you how
to check it?
AD: That would be great. I would love
to answer any questions or just talk Husker Hoops
with fellow Husker fans.
HHC: Anything else you'd like to add?
AD: I'd just like to say thank you to
all of the people out there who have supported
Husker Hoops throughout the years. It means a lot to
the players knowing that all there hard work is
being appreciated. And thank you Dave for what you
are doing for Husker Hoops with this website. Keep