George Drake Headed to SEC

You don't need to play basketball every week in the spring and summer to get a big-time scholarship. Want proof? Just ask George Drake.

Most kids play basketball during the spring and summer because they feel it's a necessity for exposure. George Drake isn't like "most kids."

The 6-3 ½, 205-pound senior shooting guard from Calera High (Ala.) committed to Vanderbilt on Thursday morning.

``AAU basketball wasn't his cup of tea," Calera coach Robert Burdette said. "He showed that you don't have to play AAU basketball to get a scholarship to the best league in the country."

The Commodores get a player who can shoot it from the outside, can take it to the basket and also possesses good size and strength.

Drake, who has a 3.4 GPA, averaged 27.4 points and 7.8 rebounds as a junior while shooting 41 percent from 3-point land. The only events he played in this summer were the NBA Camp and the Nike All-American Camp.

``He has three parts to his game," Burdette added. "He can shoot the three, has a great in-between game and can also create his own shot. He's big and strong and can get it all the way to the goal."

``He loved his visit to Vanderbilt and loved the atmosphere," Burdette continued. "No knock against Alabama, but he just felt comfortable with their players and their coaching staff."

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