In the second of four installments in the week preceding the opening of Drexel’s season, we take a look at the Class of 2020.
The announcement regarding that Kari Jonsson would not be returning to Drexel was an unexpected blow to Drexel’s season, but it by no means meant the demise of Zach Spiker’s first full recruiting class. The Iceman’s departure leaves two scholarshipped players and a walk-on.
To help the Always a Dragon team get a more definitive inside look at the returning players, we reached out to a familiar face: 2017 Drexel graduate Major Canaday.
Guard – Kurk Lee 5-10 150 LBS (14.9 PPG; 3.9 RPG; 5.0 APG)
What AAD says – After the transfer of Terrell Allen following Bruiser Flint’s firing, there were a lot of question marks about the stability of the point guard position for Spiker’s Dragons. Kurk Lee came out of nowhere. Lee was Spiker’s first commit, and is one of three Dragons who has a father who played in the NBA. Miles Overton and Tim Perry, Jr are the other two.
An outstanding freshman campaign by Lee earned him a spot on the conference All-Rookie team. The hype surrounding him scored him a spot on the preseason All-Conference Second Team. He finished in the top 10 in the conference in points, assists, and steals last season and he will look to build onto that success this season.
What Major says – Mighty Mouse! Shortstack! Kurk Lee was tremendous this year. Despite all odds stacked against him with late recruiting, lack of size, newness to the college level, Kurk more than rose to the occasion and showed the NCAA that it is all about heart. There will be adjustments coming this year for all players, but Kurk works harder than anyone, and will definitely be ready for the challenges coming this year, as he always has been.
Sam Green 6-6 230 LBS (2.4 PPG; 0.7 RPG; 0.4 APG)
What AAD says – Green was one of the last players recruited by Bruiser Flint, having signed his Letter of Intent in November of 2015 along with Jeremy Peck who transferred to UNC Ashville this summer. Green saw limited playing time in his freshman year, however his best game was in the team’s final game of the regular season against the College of Charleston. In 18 minutes he scored 11 points on 3 for 5 shooting from 3.
Green brings size to the wing position. He’s big, bulky, and can shoot from the outside. It should also be noted that Green was the recipient of the Samuel Cozen Award, given to the Dragon who shows the most improvement over the season.
What Major says – Mr. Green is what we call him! (I coined that nickname, just saying) Mr. Green is like my little brother. Great kid and so much potential. Green was a little reserved this past year, but expect him to come strong in his sophomore campaign. He has the body build and game to produce a successful college career, hopefully a year of adjusting will bring him out of his shell.
Kris Alford 6-2 185 LBS (0.6 PPG; 0.6 RPG; 0.2 PPG)
What AAD says – Kris Alford was a walk-on as a freshman. His drive and desire to play was pointed out last season when, in a postgame interview, Spiker hinted at the possibility of seeing Alford get some impact playing time. While that never came to fruition, Alford’s energy did not go unnoticed by his teammates.
What Major says – The only reason you may not see Kris much this year is because Drexel has such a deep pool of guards. NO ONE and I repeat, NO ONE is in the gym as much as Kris Alford. He is the epitome of a gym rat. He constantly pushes the rotation players in practice, shows up with a good attitude to practices and games, and is very coachable. One day Kris will get his opportunity and trust me, he will be ready.
While that wraps up the sophomore class, we still have the juniors, seniors and transfer left to take a look at. Tomorrow, we set our focus on the Class of 2019.