As the Drexel Dragons get tuned up for the 2017-18 campaign, the Dragons athletic staff once again welcomed their season ticket holders back with a few choice events. One was held last week, and two more are scheduled for the first week of November.
October 19 – Season Ticketholder Tip-Off Event – Much like previous seasons, the Dragons invited their season ticketholders to Sam Cozen Court in the heart of the DAC for a meet and greet with the staff and some players.
Those who arrived at the start time of 6pm got to see the tail end of some 3-on-3 scrimmaging by some incoming freshmen and transfers for the men’s team. It was a great chance to get a little preview of what guys like Tim Perry Jr. and recent transfer James Butler bring to the floor, and I’m not exactly sure that it was an accident that practice appeared to run a little long. From there, attendees were invited to the President’s Suite for food and drinks.
The event, held jointly by both the men’s and women’s programs was well attended by fans of both programs. The coaching staffs and players alike were accessible for everyone to mingle with.
Women’s head coach Denise Dillon announced that Drexel would be hosting the women’s CAA tournament this season for the first time. She credited the improvements to the DAC in recent years as being the main reason the site became so appealing to the league.
Zach Spiker led off his time by hinting at the possibility of an E-A-G-L-E-S chant bringing the crowd to a frenzy. He went on to speak about how proud he was of Austin “Stretch” Williams and the leadership he brings to the floor, likening his presence to having another coach on the team. Kurk Lee, who was also in attendance, was recognized both for his selection as a 2nd Team Pre-Season All-CAA guard, and for his “larger than life” cardboard standup at the event’s entrance. The third player in attendance was the guy cited as having the most experience on the floor at the DAC: Sammy Mojica. He undoubtedly will be asked to continue to fill his hard-working role on the court this season.
Spiker also hinted that “something big” might be coming in the next couple of days, but would not say anything more.
After both coaches had a chance to address the crowd, everyone was invited to join the players on the newly refinished court for a chance to shoot around with the players that they would get to watch this season. It was a nice touch, and a nice way to finish the night off.
November 1 – Charity game vs. Villanova – The next day, fans found out what the “something big” Coach Spiker was talking about. Drexel and Villanova announced that they would be playing a charity exhibition game on November 1st at the Jake Nevin Field House on the Villanova campus following the women’s exhibition game being held at 6pm. All proceeds from the game are to go to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.
This will be the 13th meeting between the Dragons and the Wildcats with Villanova winning 11 of those previous 12 games. Drexel’s only victory came on December 9, 2006 when a Bashir Mason led, Bruiser Flint coached team bested the Wildcats by a score of 81-76 on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center. Ten days later, Drexel would go on to beat another Big East team when they defeated the 23rd ranked Syracuse Orangemen at the Carrier Dome by a score of 84-79.
Tickets to the men’s and women’s doubleheader are still available and can be purchased here. The men’s game is scheduled to start at around 8:30pm. The money is going to a great cause, and it is an outstanding opportunity to see the Dragons play against an excellent Villanova team that has been ranked #9 in preseason polls.
November 3 – Tip-Off Breakfast – Friday morning will be the third season ticketholder event as the men’s and women’s teams hold their annual tip-off breakfast a week before the Dragons’ men’s team opens the season against Bowling Green. If you’re a season ticketholder and able to make it, this is a great event. If you’re on the fence about tickets, pick them up before next Friday and come out and meet some of the players who will be taking the court, as well as the men and women who will be coaching them from the sidelines.
Just sixteen days stand between Zach Spiker’s Dragons and the start of the 2017-18 NCAA season. There is no better time than now to get excited and get involved in what will undoubtedly be a great season, win or lose.