By DRAKE LOHSE
Long before any high-flying dunk or transition three, the Drake 2018-2019 team was merely a whisper. Passing buzz.
Following a 17-17 season in 2017, the Bulldogs lost first-year head coach Niko Medved to Colorado State. Drake wasted no time in bringing in Creighton assistant Darian DeVries, along with a slew of new faces in the coaching staff. Assistants Larry Blount, Marty Richter
But it wasn’t just coaches. Drake’s 2018-2019 roster would feature only one returning starter, in senior Nick McGlynn. Brady Ellingson, the sharp-shooter from Iowa. Nick Norton, the stocky point guard from UAB. And the Murphy Twins, two juniors and joined fellow Indiana native D.J. Wilkins at Drake.
The dream season found itself on
In a season-long trademark, the Bulldogs responded to the Colorado loss with five straight wins. Drake lost consecutive games only once in the season, after losing Nick Norton to a season-ending ACL tear against Evansville. The Bulldogs dropped a home loss to Loyola of Chicago a few days later, before a win against Southern Illinois at home the same week. Drake’s longest losing streak of the season came to and end at two games.
Norton made history against North Dakota State earlier in the season, recording the second
Following the win against Southern Illinois, the Bulldogs lost a nail biter to U.N.I, before embarking on a
Drake finished the season with a 24-10 record. The Bulldogs fed off the home crowd energy all year, posting a 13-2 record in Des Moines. They finished 7-6 on the road. Their 12-6 conference record was enough to earn them a share of the MVC Title.
The Bulldogs were bounced from the second round of the MVC Tournament, in another tight loss to U.N.I. They accepted an invitation to play in the CIT in Utah. The Bulldogs fell in the first round, in an overtime loss to the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.
• Nick McGlynn—MVC Defensive Player of the Year, MVC Scholar-Athlete of The Year and All-MVC First Team, MVC All-Defensive Team and MVC Most-Improved Team.
• Brady Ellingson—All-MVC Second Team, All-MVC Newcomers Team.
• D.J. Wilkins—All-MVC Freshman Team.
• Anthony Murphy—All-MVC Bench Team.
• Darian DeVries—MVC Coach of The Year.
• The Bulldogs MVC Tournament first-round win against Illinois State is a first since 2013.
• The Bulldogs 24-10 Record is the third-highest in program history.
• Drake’s MVC Championship is their first since 2008.