Transfer from Vanderbilt who was granted eligibility from the NCAA in October 2009.
At Vanderbilt (2006-09)
Played three seasons under Kevin Stallings at Vanderbilt and redshirted one year (2005-06) ... while with the Commodores, Drake played in 96 contests and averaged 11.7 minutes per game, making five starts throughout his career ... best game of career came during his junior season when he accounted for a career-high 18 points against South Carolina (2/28/09) ... had 14 points and career highs of eight rebounds and six assists against Central Arkansas (11/26/08) ... made a career-best four starts and played all 30 contests a year ago ... finished junior season with an average of 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per contest ... reached double figures in six games during the 2008-09 campaign ... during his four starts, he averaged an impressive 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest ... as a sophomore, he played in 33 contests and started once ... made first career start against Valparaiso (11/20/07) ... scored a season-best 10 points against Iona (12/31/07) ... during redshirt freshman season, he played in 33 contests and averaged 10.3 minutes per game ... his best game that year came in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament against George Washington, when he hit a pair of three-pointers on his way to recording eight points, three rebounds and three assists en route to the win ... during the summer of 2006, Drake averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games during a mission trip to the Dominican Republic sponsored by SCORE International ... the group also visited local tribes and orphanages during the week-long trip.
McDonald's All-American nominee ... named to 2005 First Team Super Five and 2A Player of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... runner-up for 2005 Alabama Mr. Basketball ... named 2A Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior ... earned distinction as first player in Alabama history to be selected as Most Valuable Player of region four times ... led Calera High School to a combined 121-19 record and the state championship game every year he was on the varsity team (2002-05) ... led the Eagles to the 2005 2A championship, scoring a team-high 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds, five blocks and three steals in the title game ... averaged 22.6 points and 8.5 rebounds during his senior season ... scored an Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game record 27 points en route to Most Valuable Player honors ... averaged 27.4 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range as a junior.
Full name is George Alexander Drake, Jr. ... born Oct. 5, 1986 ... son of Dorothy and George Drake ... has a brother, Floyd Avery, and sister, Myia Vines ... graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in sociology and minor in political science ... currently attending UAB grad school working toward a master's in health education.