Jeffers, Rice Pop For Drake

The Drake Bulldogs landed Karl Madison earlier in the week which was big news. However, on Thursday the program struck twice more.

The Drake Bulldogs had a very big week as the program added three recruits.

The first domino to fall was point guard Karl Madison of Springfield (Ill.) Lanphier. Within a few days, he had company in Des Moines.

Rayvonte Rice, a wing out of state champion Champaign (Ill.) Centennial and Jeremy Jeffers, also a wing, from Wilson (N.C.) Greenfield popped on Thursday.

"They worked really, really hard and when I got there it was a pretty easy decision," said Jeffers, who took his official last weekend. "It's a good conference – the Missouri Valley – and the competition is good. (Phelps) wants me to be a leader on the team."

Jeffers started on a state semifinalist squad as a junior. Noted for his jump shot, he was recruited by Harvard, Davidson, Bucknell and UNC-Wilmington.

Rice, a powerful combo wing, averaged 17 points a game last season.

"Their leading scorer is leaving this year," Rice said. "I went on an unofficial late in the summer and he showed me where I fit in. Not just scoring but where I penetrate and dish and how I fit."

Rice will take his official visit to Drake this weekend.

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