A starting forward on last season's Texas Tech basketball team told ESPN.com on Friday that he had a "positive" experience in his one season under embattled coach Billy Gillispie.
"I would play for him again," Robert Lewandowski wrote in an email from Poland, where he plays professionally. "He loves his players, with no exceptions. I would never doubt that for a second. Playing for him was tough, but I came out alive and a better person for it."
Lewandowski was among a handful of people -- including NBA All-Star Deron Williams, Kansas coach Bill Self and former Big 12 Player of the Year Acie Law -- who came to Gillispie's defense the past two days, after allegations that he mistreated his Texas Tech players and committed NCAA secondary violations involving excessive practice time.