The offseason has been dizzyingly busy over on West End Avenue, with expected and unexpected departures and additions. What raw materials are returning next season, who is now added to the mix, and how good can the Commodores be in 2009? VandySports.com breaks down the '08-'09 'Dores, right now![details]
Personal: George Alexander Drake, Jr.... Born Oct. 5, 1986... Son of Dorothy and George Drake... Has a brother Floyd Avery and sister Myia Vines... Plans to major in Law... Chose Vanderbilt over Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Auburn. High School: McDonalds All-American nominee... Named to 2005 First Team Super Five and 2A Player of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association... Runner-up for 2005 Alabama Mr. Basketball... Named 2A Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior... Earned distinction as first player in Alabama history to be selected as Most Valuable Player of region four times... Led Calera High School to a combined 121-19 record and the state championship game every year he was on the varsity team (2002-2005)... Led the Eagles to the 2005 2A championship scoring a team-high 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds, five blocks and three steals in the title game.... Averaged 22.6 points and 8.5 rebounds during his senior season...Scored an Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game record 27 points en route to Most Valuable Player honors... Averaged 27.4 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range as a junior.