MUNSTER | It's happened more than once. Strangers and random folks have come up to Munster junior guard Drew Hackett through the years and asked him the same question.
Over and over again.
"You were named for Bryce Drew, right," they've said, thinking that Hackett was named after the former Valparaiso High School standout and current Valparaiso University head coach.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
"Honestly, I don't remember where we came up with (Drew)," Munster coach and Drew's father Mike Hackett said. "But it wasn't for Bryce."
The 6-foot-2 guard also didn't understand the inquiries.
"Before people started asking me about it I didn't even know it was an option," Drew Hackett said.
Both region guards have a similar path. Drew led his Vikings to the 1994 state championship game then starred for his father at Valpo. Hackett has starred for his father, too, last year leading the Mustangs to a No. 1 ranking in the state and an undefeated season.
Drew Hackett will also go to a mid-major college program in two years, where he will play at UIC.
But this is a new winter. On Tuesday against Lake Central a young Munster team lost to Lake Central, 47-38. The new reality of the younger Hackett moving from shooting guard to point guard emerged.
The loss snapped a 30-game regular-season winning streak.
Despite a 13-point effort on a sub par 5-of-16 shooting night, Hackett's numbers are still very good. He averages 18.2 points with 4.2 rebounds and just under four assists a game.
With the graduation of Michael Schlotman (William & Mary), everything is on Hackett's shoulders now.
"Last year Mike Schlotman was the man," Drew Hackett said. "Now, it's more on me. Now, I have to create shots for me and get everyone else involved. I have to become the Mike Schlotman from last year."
Even though many feel Hackett is a more natural No. 2, he said he plans on playing the point for the Flames when he gets there.
Despite a 4-1 record and the No. 4 ranking in the state, coach Hackett knows his team must get much better before the Ides of March rolls around into one of the state's toughest sectionals.
Getting junior guard Kevin Schlotman healthy will certainly help Drew Hackett on the floor.
"Drew's been playing 100 percent at the point this year," Mike Hackett said. "We need him to play both. We need him to score. But we also need him to get the ball up the floor and be a leader. Because of that his shooting percentage is down. He hasn't shot it from the 3 or free-throw line as well as last year.
"It's a different role. We're still trying to get totally comfortable with it and figure it out."
There's another issue of figuring it out on the line. Drew Hackett believed he would be getting a car from his father after he verbally committed to UIC. No keys have come his way yet. There was a promise of a vehicle once a D-I scholarship was secured.
Still, no keys.
"I have not gotten a car yet," Drew Hackett said. "At first he said I had to get a scholarship offer. Then, he said I had to verbal. Now, he's saying I have to wait until I sign. There probably is a limit but he hasn't told me yet.
"I'm a big fan of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, though."