Tim Drisdom leads the Mountain West Conference with a 2.24 assist/turnover ratio.
Feb. 4, 2005
By Autumn Wehr, U. Sports Information Assistant
Tim Drisdom may be a gifted basketball player and an asset to the Runnin' Utes, but his talents don't stop there. The junior has an incredible ear for music, a hand for hoops and a strong passion for both.
Although playing rhythms and scales is different than playing basketball, Drisdom has become a master at both skills. The 6-3, 203-pound guard has been a regular starter for Utah the past two years.
In addition, this pre-music major sings, and plays the drums and piano. He performs regularly on Sunday mornings at the New Pilgrim Baptist Church. Drisdom feels that music helps him unwind and allows him to show up better on the court. "Playing in church every Sunday just helps me," he says. "It gets my mind off everything."
The Artesia, Calif., native began playing basketball at a young age. "I started to play in the first grade and I learned the basics from one of my friends," says Drisdom.
However, his love for music began when he was even younger. "I was born in to music and singing," he states. "My whole family is very musically oriented."
"I started playing the drums when I was three," explains Drisdom. He continued involvement in music and basketball for one reason. "They are both fun for me," he says. "It is fun to play music with my family and it is fun to play basketball."
All that fun translated into a list of impressive accolades for Drisdom at Calvary Chapel High School. He earned the California Player of the Year award twice in his division and was also named to the first team all-state three years in a row.
In 2002-03, Drisdom joined Rick Majerus and the Utes. After a successful freshman season, he returned in 2003-04. The year proved to be quite an eventful one for the men's basketball team when Majerus resigned, opening the door for Ray Giacoletti to take over the program later that spring. Although last year brought a lot of uncertainty with the coaching change, Drisdom never thought of leaving.
"I like Utah," he states. "One of my biggest reasons I came here was to be coached by Majerus."
Drisdom felt in two years he got everything he could from Majerus as a coach. "He taught me the whole deal and how to reach my full potential," says Drisdom.
"Also, I am not the kind of person that leaves when things get bad," he adds.
Despite the turmoil, Drisdom feels a lot of positive things also happened last year. "It was up and down with Majerus leaving but it was still a good year," he explains.
For Drisdom, one of the highlights was defeating UNLV in the MWC tournament title game. "Winning the tournament was my favorite part," he says. The Utes got the ball to Nick Jacobsen who scored a winning three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in the game. Drisdom played a big part in the buzzer-beating win. "I was responsible for the play call when we won the game," he states. Drisdom also led the team with five assists and forced three Runnin' Rebel turnovers.
This year Utah compiled a 12-3 record in non-conference play and hasn't lost through the first six conference games. With stretch run through the conference season ahead of him and his teammates, Drisdom feels they are heading in the right direction.
"We are obviously playing a lot better," he states. "The guys and the coaching staff are becoming more comfortable with everything." According to Drisdom, one of the keys to success is to continue playing as a team. "For us to play well, we have to trust each other and know our strengths and weaknesses. We are playing more together now," he explains.
"Guys are stepping up every night, particularly Bryant Markson and Jonas Langvad. The defenses can't just key in on [Andrew] Bogut anymore." Drisdom also feels improved defense will play a large role in the outcome of Utah's season. "The biggest thing is that defensively we are starting to play better," he says.
Even though Giacoletti brought a new style of offense, Drisdom says the objective is the same. "The sets we run in the new offense are different, but the purpose is to get the ball inside, particularly to Bogut," he says.
"I have played at Utah for two years and the focus has always been the same, but every coach has a different way of doing it," continues Drisdom. And, of all the things he brings to the team, Drisdom feels his leadership skills and attitude are the most important. "I bring a lot of leadership," he says. "I am a good player but we have enough of those."
"I am very vocal on the floor and I am an extension of the coach out on the court," states Drisdom. "I am the kind of guy that lightens up the mood."