Drake, Madsen sign LOI's with Vanderbilt

George Drake and Kyle Madsen have signed national letters of intent to attend Vanderbilt and play basketball, men's coach Kevin Stallings announced Thursday.

George Drake and Kyle Madsen have signed national letters of intent to attend Vanderbilt and play basketball, men's coach Kevin Stallings announced Thursday.

Drake, a 6-3, 200-pound guard from Calera, Ala., was named the 2004 Class 2A Player of the Year, averaging 27.4 points and 7.8 rebounds as a junior at Calera High School in Calera, Ala. Considered the second-best high school prospect in the state, he shot 59 percent from the floor and 41 percent from behind the three-point arc. He has led Calera to the championship game of the Alabama state tournament three times.

"He's a very powerful and very athletic player with a good shooting touch and an overall good attitude toward the game," Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings said. "He's the kind of guy that can continue to raise the level of athleticism in our program."

Madsen, a 6-10, 210-pound forward from Dublin, Ohio, helped guide Dublin Coffman to the regional semifinals of the Ohio state tournament last season. Madsen averaged 12.5 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots as a junior. Tabbed an athletic post player with great potential, Madsen has been ranked among the top post players in Ohio by some recruiting services.

"We found Kyle late in the recruiting process," Stallings said. "He is the kind of four man that we've had a lot of success with at Vanderbilt. Similar to Matt Freije, he is long, athletic and has good perimeter shooting skills.

"Both recruits come from wonderful families and we're excited to have them in our program."

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