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2012-13 Drake Bulldogs Men's Basketball Quick Facts & Prospectus

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HEAD COACH: Mark Phelps (Old Dominion, 1996)
ASSISTANT COACH: Chris Brazelton (Fresno State, 2006)
ASSISTANT COACH: Stan Johnson (Southern Utah, 2003)
ASSISTANT COACH: Brett Nelson (Florida, 2004)

Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Founded: 1881
Enrollment: 5,348
Nickname: Bulldogs
Colors: Blue and White
Arena (Capacity): Knapp Center (7,152)
Conference: Missouri Valley
President: Dr. David Maxwell
Faculty Representative: Renae Chesnut
Athletic Director: Sandy Hatfield Clubb
2011-12 Record: 18-16
Conference Record: 9-9 (3rd-T)
Starters R/L: 4 returning/1 lost
Lettermen R/L: 5 returning/7 lost
Head Coach: Mark Phelps
Alma Mater: Old Dominion (1996)
Record at School: 62-69/.473 (Four Seasons)
Career Record: Same 

Asst. A.D./Athletic Communications (MBB SID): Paul Kirk
Office Phone: (515) 271-3014
Cell Phone: (515) 208-8281
E-mail: paul.kirk@drake.edu
Assistant Athletic Communications Director: John Meyer
Office Phone: (515) 271-3740
E-mail: john.meyer@drake.edu
Assistant Athletic Communications Director: Sean Palchick
Office Phone: (515) 271-4147
E-mail: sean.palchick@drake.edu

Pos.-Name                  Ht.     Wt.       Yr.      PPG    RPG    APG      FG%
G-Jeremy Jeffers     6-6    213      R-So.     7.1      2.6       0.9        .456
Ranked sixth on Drake's freshman lists for both points (243) and three-pointers (32).
G-Karl Madison         5-10  182       R-So.     4.7     1.5        2.0        .341
Started 29 of the 31 games in which he played at point guard.
F-Ben Simons            6-8    206       Sr.       16.4     3.4       1.2        .471
Ranked 4th in MVC in scoring (16.4) & named second-team All-MVC, second-team NABC All-District 16.
F-Jordan Clarke         6-8    254     R-Sr.       6.0      7.0       1.1        .500
Ranked seventh in the MVC in rebounds (7.0) and sixth in steals (1.4), and was named second-team MVC Scholar-Athlete.

Starter from 2010-11 (redshirted 2011-12 because of injury)
C-Seth VanDeest       6-11  260      R-Jr.      8.4       4.4       1.5        .525
*(2010-11 stats above) Ranked 10th in MVC in free-throw pct. (.770) '10-'12; 12 gms. scoring 10 or more pts.

Pos.-Name                     Ht.   Wt.      Yr.        PPG   RPG    APG      FG%
G-Rayvonte Rice
           6-4   245      So.        16.8     5.8        1.7        .436

Pos.-Name                Ht.     Wt.     Yr.  School
G-Kori Babineaux    6-4    208     Fr.  Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy
G-Richard Carter     6-0    175     Jr.  Cloud County (Kan.) CC
F-Taylor Harville      6-6    205     Fr.  Parkview (Springfield, Mo.)
G-Chris Hines          6-0    185     Sr.  Utah (transfer)
F-Joey King              6-9    215     Fr.  Eastview (Eagan, Minn.)
G-Micah Mason       6-2    173     Fr.  Highlands (Allegheny, Pa.)
C-Robert Puleikis   6-10   215    Fr.  Country Day (Detroit, Mich.)
G-Gary Ricks, Jr.     6-1    190     Jr.  Indian Hills CC (Ottumwa)
F-Daddy Ugbede      6-7    220     Fr.  Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)

Newcomers begin adapting to lives as Bulldogs (Des Moines Register/June 26)
After year away, Drake ready for VanDeest's return (Quad City Times/June 15)
Babineaux headed to Drake to play basketball (Folsom Telegraph/May 30)


  • The Bulldogs' 2012 recruiting class is ranked No. 45 in the nation by HoopScoopOnline, and second among Missouri Valley Conference schools. The class consists of five freshmen, two junior college transfers, and one transfer from Utah, Chris Hines, who has one year of eligibility remaining and can play immediately.
  • Drake will play in the 2012 Anaheim Classic Nov. 22-25, joining a field that also includes California, Drexel, Georgia Tech, Pacific, Rice, St. Mary's and Xavier.
  • Drake enters 2012-13 having qualified for a postseason tournament three times in the last five seasons (2008 NCAA, 2009 and 2012 CIT), and twice in the four-year tenure of head coach Mark Phelps. Drake's first-round CIT win over North Dakota was its first in the postseason since 1975.
  • With 62 career wins, Drake head coach Mark Phelps has more wins than any Drake coach in his first four seasons (2nd: Maury John, 55, 1958-62). No Drake head coach since Maury John (.555 from 1958-62) has had a better winning percentage in his first four seasons than Phelps (.473).
  • Drake is coming off a third-place finish (9-9, tied with four teams) in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2011-12, which was its second-highest in the MVC standings in the last 26 years. The team's 9-9 MVC record was the best under head coach Mark Phelps, and is topped in the last 26 years only by the 15-3 mark of '07-'08, and matched by the 9-9 finishes of 2001-02, '94-'95 and '92-'93.
  • The 18 wins by last year's Bulldogs were the most in Phelps' four-year tenure as head coach and tied for ninth-most in school history. Drake posted a winning record for the second time in Phelps' four years (17-16, 2008-09), making him the first Drake head coach in 50 years to post two winning seasons in his first four (Maury John, 2, 1958-62).
  • Five of the top six seasons in school history for three-point field goals have come in the last five years, four of them under Mark Phelps (2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th). Drake finished the 2011-12 season with 213, fifth-most in school history.

Three-Pointers Made--Drake Team, Season
1. 310, 2007-08 (840 att.)
2. 284, 2009-10 (746 att.)
3. 266, 2008-09 (765 att.)
4. 232, 2001-02 (595 att.)
5. 212, 2011-12 (585 att.)
6. 203, 2010-11 (573 att.)

  • The 2011-12 Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the MVC in three-point field-goal pct. defense (.305) and third in steals (6.9).
  • Drake is coming off a season in which it was 16-2 when shooting a higher percentage than its opponent and 9-0 when shooting 50 percent or higher.
  • In keeping with Coach Phelps' emphasis on strong defense, the Bulldogs did not allow an opponent to shoot higher than 50 percent from the field for an 18-game stretch in 2011-12 before Rice shot 53.1% in the season-ending CIT Tournament loss. Opponents in that stretch shot a combined 41.2 percent (408-991), including a figure of 39.6 percent over the last nine games (199-of-503). In addition, those nine opponents combined to shoot 49-of-217 (.226) from three-point range.


  • Drake forward Ben Simons enters 2012-13 as the MVC's third-leading returning scorer after posting a 16.4 average last year. Simons led the MVC and ranked 54th in the NCAA in three-point field goals per game (2.6), while ranking No. 23 among NCAA DI players in three-point field goal percentage (42.5%).
  • Simons finished the season with 77 three-pointers, seventh on the school's single-season list, and 156 for his career, sixth-most all-time.

Most Three-Pointers--Drake, Season
1. 91, Luke McDonald, 2001-02
2. 86, Josh Young, 2007-08
3. 86, Luke McDonald, 2000-01
4. 83, Eric Berger, 1988-89
5. 83, Klayton Korver, 2007-08
6. 80, B.J. Windhorst, 1994-95
7. 77, Ben Simons, 2011-12

Most Three-Pointers--Drake, Career
1. 255, Josh Young, 2006-10
2. 241, Luke McDonald, 2001-03
3. 241, Klayton Korver, 2003-08
4. 178, Armand LeVasseur, 1996-2000
5. 169, Matt Woodley, 1997-2000
6. 156, Ben Simons, 2009-12

  • Simons topped the 20-point mark nine times last season, including a career-high of 29 points vs. Wichita State (1/28/12), which matched the best output by a Bulldog since Josh Young scored 34 points vs. Morehead State on Nov. 19, 2008.
  • Simons, a co-captain, ranked second in the MVC in free-throw shooting (.849; 62-73). He had made 21 consecutive free throws and 27-of-28 from the stripe over an 11-game span between Dec 28 and Feb. 1, before missing his first attempt vs. Southern Illinois (2/22/12), in his first game back after missing five games with mononucleosis. Simons ranks No. 1 among active MVC players in career free-throw percentage (.860).
  • Fifth-year senior Jordan Clarke returns as co-captain for the Bulldogs after ranking seventh in the MVC in rebounds with a team-leading average of 7.0 and sixth in steals (1.4) last season. Clarke had 34 rebounds in a three-game stretch in mid-February (11.3 rpg) and averaged 11.0 rebounds per game (44) in the four postseason games Drake played in the MVC Tournament and CIT.
  • Clarke ranked second on the team with 49 steals last year, most in a season by a Drake Bulldog playing the center position. He also posted four double-doubles, the first four of his career.
  • Clarke tied career highs for both steals (4) and blocked shots (2) vs. North Dakota (3/14/12) in the first round of the CIT, to go with his 14 rebounds, second-most in his career.
  • Redshirt-freshman Jeremy Jeffers finished with the sixth-most points scored by a freshman in school history (243) in 2011-12.

Points Scored By A Drake Freshman
1. 428--Rayvonte Rice, 2010-11 (31 games)
2. 412--Luke McDonald, 2000-01 (28 games)
3. 306--Melvin Mathis, 1982-83 (26 games)
4. 255--Joey Gaw, 1997-98 (26 games)
5. 251--Lynnrick Rogers, 1993-94 (26 games)
6. 243--Jeremy Jeffers, 2011-12 (34 games)

  • Jeffers' 32 three-pointers last season also were sixth-most in a season by a Drake freshman, and his three-point shooting percentage of .432 was second-best among the top six.

Bulldogs bulk up, hope to toughen up (Des Moines Register/Oct. 11)
Drake's point-guard race one to watch (Des Moines Register/Oct. 11)
Drake travels to Australia (CBS Sports.com/Aug. 24)
Sorting out the big-man situation as Drake takes flight (Des Moines Register/Aug. 10)
Drake trip reversed for Karl, team--rather than koalas (Des Moines Register/Aug. 8)
Seth VanDeest on path to recovery (Des Moines Register/Aug. 4)
Former Pocono Mountain East star now playing at Drake (Pocono Record/July 31)
Hawley goes on the offensive for Drake University (Des Moines Register/July 19)
"Anxious" Welfringer takes to the Drake practice court for the first time (Des Moines Register/July 18)
New Drake assistant Johnson revels in recruiting (Des Moines Register/June 22)
Drake men's basketball hires an assistant coach (Des Moines Register/June 20)
New Drake assistant McMillan is back in Phelpsʼ camp (Des Moines Register/May 31)
New Drake assistant Nelson obsessed with basketball (Des Moines Register/May 27)
McMillan eager for new career chapter (Scout.com/May 26)
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