JOHN GAPS III, Associated Press
March 12, 1998
"It was my senior year of high school and we were in the Indiana state basketball finals. I was in a shooting slump and feeling really down on myself. My dad (Valparaiso coach at the time) is known for being the 'nicest the coach in the country' and he came into a room I was sitting in alone. My dad, who is usually comforting and positive in his approach to motivate, went right to work on me. He looked me in the eyes and told me directly right from his heart what he thought about my attitude and how I was acting, and then walked right out of the room. I was somewhat startled for a moment but then my attitude started to change. I went out and scored more than 30 points in the state final. He knew exactly what I needed to hear and exactly how I needed to hear it."