CALUMET TWP. — Bryce Drew hasn't lived in Northwest Indiana in a couple years.
The former Valparaiso University coach is now at Vanderbilt, but his basketball legacy still casts a shadow in these parts.
Calumet sophomore Davion Davis admitted he was a goofy, fun-loving student while attending Lake Ridge Middle School. He admitted attending a camp at VU the summer before he enrolled at Calumet changed everything.
"He just tore it up at Valpo, he dominated," Calumet coach Dominique Nelson said.
"That's when I knew I had to start working harder so colleges will notice," Davis said.
So far. So very good.
Davis scored 26 points Saturday night as the Warriors beat host Twin Lakes in the Class 3A sectional in Monticello. Proof of Davis' attitude change occurred after midnight on Friday, after a big semifinal win over Hanover Central.
The 5-foot-9 guard was watching film of Twin Lakes and sending late-night texts to Nelson about some things he learned about the Indians.
And after the program's first sectional championship since 2000, Davis is now watching film on West Lafayette, the team Calumet will play in Saturday's LaPorte Regional.
"I watch game film every day," Davis said. "I live and breathe basketball. I really want to win so I study film.
"I even watch film of myself, so I can get better every day."
Davis played junior varsity as a freshman and the team went 20-1. This season the Warriors were 5-9 at one point, struggling to find their way. They've won seven of eight heading into the regional.
Calumet got a tough draw in the sectional, needing to beat Greater South Shore Conference foes Wheeler and Hanover Central before playing the defending state finalist on their home floor.
The Warriors won all three games by double digits, which brought a smile to Nelson's face.
"Hard work makes me smile," Nelson said. "I think of our legacy here, coach Carl Traicoff. His wife told me the stories of what he did here. What these kids have done here brings back the glory of what coach did all those years ago."
And he was led by a kid who drove him crazy a few years ago.
"I worked at the middle school and I saw Davion a lot," Nelson said. "I would see him goofing around and I'd say, 'Dude, you are so immature. You have so much bravado.'
"But he's finally figured it out. He's locked in. He's finally understood what he has to do."
Davis attended a couple of games at Valpo. He's met coach Matt Lottich and saw the inside of the Crusaders locker room.
Possibly like Bryce Drew did 20 years ago with the Crusaders, Davis relishes cutting down the nets. No one maybe expected this to occur last Saturday.
But it did.
"I love watching guys in college cut down the nets," Davis said. "After we lost last year, I put on Facebook that I wanted to cut down the nets this year and we did. And we don't want this to be the last nets we cut."