Junior PG Trey Drechsel vs. Seattle Pacific University at Carver Gym 1/27/18. Photo: Doug Lange
WWU PG Trey Drechsel Transferring After Junior Season
March 29, 2018
The Western Washington University men's basketball team will be looking for a new starting point guard. Junior Trey Drechsel has decided to transfer to pursue a division 1 opportunity.
Drechsel announced his intentions on Instagram March 28th:
drechsel5: If you know my story, you would agree this
year has been a giant personal success for me. It was a crazy journey this year learning how to lead such a talented group of guys and such a vibrant group of characters. I would not trade the moments and memories I shared with my teammates for anything. I truly appreciate everyone who helped make it possible and especially my teammates who were there for me through the ups and the downs. With that being said, I have decided to graduate transfer for my senior year of hoops. Thanks again for those that made this year special, you know who you are.
Drechsel, who battled foot injuries that allowed him to only play 35 games during his fresman and sophomore campaigns, is coming off his best season. He was named All-GNAC first team aftering averaging 14.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He helped in leading the Vikings to a 21-and-8 record and a second place finish in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Drechsel told The Doug Lange Network that after recovering from the injury plagued first two seasons he felt his career at Western had come full circle. He said it was a tough decision. "We have a great program here, we have a great thing here," said Drechsel. "We've been very successful the last couple of years. I felt like I've positively impacted the community and this program."
The former Cedar Park Christian star said he wants to spread his wings.
"When I think back on my college experience I want to say I took risks and I really pushed myself to be the best I can be, in the biggest, best, basketball sphere I can be in."
Drechsel says he has drawn interest from about 10 division 1 schools. The two-time All-GNAC Academic award winner is on pace to graduate in the summer. As a graduate transfer he would retain his 1 year of eligibility for whichever school he goes to.
We're very excited for Trey, a very talented young man," said WWU head coach Tony Dominguez. "He's got a lot of great gifts and we're excited for him to pursue his passion of playing at division 1. We wish him great future success and we'll always be here for him."
Drechsel's feelings for his coach were strong as well. "I love coach Dominguez, we had a great relationship. This is a personal decision, looking at what's best for me and what's best for my future."
This also means saying goodbye to teammates, which include four roommates. I'm gonna miss them," said Drechsel. "It doesn't take anything away from our friendships off the court, it's just another stage in our friendships. A different dynamic, but by no means does this change how I care for each and everyone of my teammates"
With Drechsel's transfer, the Vikings will return 3 starters and 4 of their top 9 players from the 2017-2018 season.
- Doug Lange