Caird to Join the Drake Menís Basketball Program
DES MOINES, Iowa – Marshalltown Community College guard Chris Caird has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Drake University men’s basketball program for the 2013-14 season, head coach Ray Giacoletti announced Thursday, May 16.
Caird, a 6-6, 215-pound guard will enroll at Drake with two years of remaining eligibility. As a redshirt sophomore last season at Marshalltown (Iowa), he was a first team all-conference selection that averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game to lead the Tigers to a 22-9 record. He converted on 41 percent of his three-point attempts and excelled in the classroom, earning academic all-conference honors and was nominated for junior college academic All-America honors.
“We are very pleased that Chris has decided to join our program,” Giacoletti said. “In addition to the fact that he is an excellent shooter, he brings experience, size and strength, versatility, high basketball IQ and the ability to pass and score to our team. Chris is also an excellent student that plans to enroll as a pre-medicine student at Drake.”
A native of Daventry, England, Caird did not play during the 2011-12 season due to injury after averaging 14 points per game to earn second team all-conference honors as a freshman in 2010-11.
“I feel like Drake is a great situation for me,” Caird said. “I really like the coaches and my future teammates, and I think I fit well with their system. Academically, Drake is a very good school which is something that I take a great deal of pride in as a student.”
Caird (pronunciation: kair-d) will join recent signees Trevor Berkeley and Blake Danielak on the court for the Bulldogs in 2013-14 in addition to Jordan Daniels, who joined the program in January as a transfer.