College Basketball Nation: Karl Madison

Obama discusses Drake recruiting

October, 11, 2010
10/11/10
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President Barack Obama recently had a speaking engagement in a Des Moines, Iowa backyard that made headlines for the pointed questions he fielded, but he also got a chance during the event to show off his college basketball knowledge.

The event took place at the house of Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb, and according to the Des Moines Register, coach Mark Phelps and two of his players got the opportunity to speak with the President personally.
"I came over and introduced myself and he then asked what I did and I told him I was the basketball coach," Phelps said. "And he said, "That's what I thought. I've heard some things about your team -- I've heard you've got some outstanding recruiting classes coming in. Your boss (Clubb) has been talking about you.'"

Yes, President Obama is knowledgeable about how recruiting is going for the Missouri Valley Conference school. And there's good reason for this year's class getting the seal of approval.

Rayvonte Rice, ESPNU's No. 89-ranked small forward, was the runner-up for Mr. Basketball in Obama's home state of Illinois.

Phelps' freshman class also includes No. 42-ranked point guard Karl Madison and No. 52-ranked small forward Jeremy Jeffers. Kraidon Woods, a 6-foot-8 forward, is able to play immediately after transferring from Binghamton.

So things are looking up for Drake coming off a 14-19 season. They're even on Obama's radar.

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