Athletically gifted player who possesses a good shooting touch and good attitude for the game. Sat out the 2005-06 season as a redshirt...He will be the most tenured player on the team in 2009-10.
Played in 30 games and started four...Averaged 5.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game as a junior...Scored in double figures on seven occasions, including a three-game stretch from January 20 to January 28 when he started two games and scored 16 points against Tennessee (1/20), 14 points against Florida (1/25), and a career-high 18 points at South Carolina (1/28)... Set career-highs in field goals made (8) and FG attempts (15) vs. Tennessee (1/20)...Led team in scoring for the first time in his career versus Florida...Had career-high six assists at Central Arkansas (11/26) to go along with 14 points... Tallied 12 points and four rebounds against Tennessee Tech (12/20)... Notched eight points on 4-of-6 shooting in season-high 29 minutes vs. Auburn (1/31)...Missed his only game of the season against Alabama (2/5) because of injury... Scored 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting in 27 minutes off the bench at Florida (2/21)... Also scored in double figures against Alabama in the SEC Tournament (3/12) with 14 points on six-of-eight shooting.
Played in 33 games and started in one...Made first career start against Valparaiso (11/20)...Scored six points vs. Utah State (11/23); scored five points vs. Bradley (11/24) in SPI final...Tallied seven points against Lipscomb...Had season high three steals in win over Tennessee-Martin...Scored career-high 10 points in win against Iona...Had three blocked shots vs. Auburn (2/2), a new career high...Played a season-best 18 minutes vs. Lipscomb (12/8)...Grabbed a season-high four rebounds on three occasions - vs. Wake Forest (12/5), vs. Lipscomb (12/8), and vs. UT Martin (12/29).
2006-07 (Redshirt Freshman):
Played in 33 games without a start, averaging 10.3 minutes ... Hit a pair of 3-pointers and matched his career high with eight points vs. George Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (3/15) ... Scored his SEC-high seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field at Georgia (1/10) ... Posted his career-high eight points and three rebounds against ETSU (12/5) ... Also tallied eight points and seven rebounds against UPR-Mayaguez (12/19) ... Helped spark Vanderbilt's rally past cross-town foe Lipscomb (12/7) with key 3-pointer to tie game at 38-38 with 9:21 remaining. The Commodores outscored Lipscomb 21-12 the rest of the game.
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.
Calera High School:
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 (2002-2005) ... 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.
George Alexander Drake Jr. ... Born Oct. 5, 1986 ... Son of Dorothy and George Drake ... Has a brother Floyd Avery and sister Myia Vines ... Majoring in Sociology with a minor in Political Science ... Advice to youngsters: "Don't procrastinate" ... Chose Vanderbilt over Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Auburn.