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Chris Brazelton
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Fresno State
Graduating Year: 2006
Major: Speech Communication
Phone: (515) 271-3009
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Chris Brazelton joined the Drake men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach on May 24, 2012. He comes to Drake after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of California Riverside.

Brazelton joined the UC Riverside staff under head coach Jim Wooldridge in 2007 after one year as a graduate assistant at the University of New Orleans under Buzz Williams.

"The thing that stands out to me about Chris is that he is a terrific person, first and foremost," said head coach Mark Phelps upon Brazelton's hire. "He is an extremely hard worker with great focus. He is a man of high character and he cares very much about serving student-athletes, with an emphasis on excellence. While Chris is known as an outstanding recruiter, he also excels on the court as a teacher and motivator. I am extremely excited that Chris is joining our staff as an assistant coach."

As recruiting coordinator at UC Riverside, Brazelton played a huge role in the recruitment of three players who would go on to earn all-league honors and assisted in coaching the team to the two best seasons in UC Riverside's Division I history. The 2008 class was ranked top 50 in the country by HoopScoopOnline.com, producing two-time first-team All-Big West performer Kyle Austin. Javon Borum earned second-team all-conference in 2010-11, and in 2011-12 Phil Martin led the Big West in scoring and earned a spot on the first team. With Austin's and Martin's all-conference performances, this marked the first time in UC Riverside's history to have placed a player on the All-Big West first team.

"I am honored to become a member of the Drake Bulldog Family," Brazelton said. "Coach Phelps has a phenomenal vision for the level of excellence he expects. Drake men's basketball is already good; he wants it to represent greatness in every way. There is something unique and special here, and I am excited to be a part of it."

 A native of Highland, Calif., Brazelton is a graduate of Redlands East Valley High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in speech communication from Fresno State in May of 2006, working as head manager under Head Coach Steve Cleveland.

Brazelton began his collegiate career at UC Santa Cruz, averaging 6.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He then transferred to Fresno State, where he made the team as a walk-on and redshirted in 2003-04. In 2004-05 he was named a Fresno State Scholar-Athlete.

An All-Citrus Belt performer in both basketball and track in high school, Brazelton also was a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholastic Federation. He was rated as one of the top shooting guards in California by socalhoops.com. Brazelton played for the Inland Empire Basketball Program AAU team under the guidance of coaches Keith Howard and Julius Patterson, and appeared in the 2001 IEBP All-Star game in Riverside County.

Brazelton earned his master's degree in strategic communications in September of 2009 from National University, graduating with honors (3.53).