Ep. 145 - Dru Joyce III on Winning Culture, St. V's Days

On Episode 145 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Chelsea Hopkins and Ani Umana chop it up with Duquesne Associate HC Dru Joyce III on building a winning basketball culture and take a look back at the 2002-03 FAB 50 national title team at St. Vincent-St. Mary's (OH) that he was part of.

The ITP crew probes the paint on a scary situation surrounding Natalia Bryant (Kobe's daughter), the World Cup, Chris Brown-Thriller40 controversy at the AMAs, and the return of EA SPORTS College Football after a 10-year hiatus.

Joyce III talks about joining the staff of his old high school coach Keith Dambrot after playing for him at the University of Akron. Joyce also talks about the surprising coaching transition from Dambrot to his father, Dru Joyce II, after he took over the SV-SM program in his junior season. Joyce talks about taking on stacked Oak Hill teams as an underclassman, the stinging loss in the 2002 state title game his junior year and how that loss motivated the LeBron James-led St. V’s team to the 2002-03 FAB 50 title after opening up No. 7 in the FAB 50 (and No. 23 in the USA Today Super 25).

Joyce also talks about his brother Cam Joyce coaching and going up against their father, reflects on his high school experience 20 years later and the motivation of the St. V’s crew to springboard their success to give back to the Akron community they grew up in.

The ITP crew gets some terrific insight from Joyce in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

(0:00) - Intro

(3:34) - Probe The Paint: Chris Brown-MJ-Thriller 40 Controversy

(7:39) - World Cup & Ani’s Soccer Experience

(11:58) - Natalia Bryant & Stalking Situation

(17:34) - EA SPORTS College Football is Back in NIL ERA!

(20:57) - Mikey Williams to Memphis & Penny’s Hot Seat

(23:39) - Preseason Mr. Basketball USA Tracker Results 

(27:52) - Ani’s take on Cam Boozer as Soph POY Candidate

(31:40) - LeBron’s POY Candidacy as a SOPH (’01)

(36:45) - Chelsea’s Recollection of LeBron in HS

(42:34) - Wemby’s Stance Among Hoop Prodigies

(48:58) - Wemby Comparisons & Ron’s Top Prospects Ever

(58:27) - Dru Joyce III Interview

(1:03:17) - HS Transition From Coach Dambrot to Father

(1:08:10) - Joyce on Special Senior Season (2003)

(1:11:21) - Mentorship of Dru Joyce II

(1:14:54) - Joyce’s Advice & Giving Back to Akron

(1:26:20) - shop.ballislife.com Black Friday Discounts
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