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    April 10, 1998

    Men's Basketball Inks Collier Drayton to National Letter of Intent

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head men's basketball coach Kevin O'Neill has announced that Collier Drayton (6-3, 180) has signed a national letter of intent to attend Northwestern and play basketball beginning in the fall of 1998.

    Drayton, a native of Lyons, N.Y., has spent the last year at New Hampton Prep School in New Hampshire, where he averaged 12.5 ppg. Prior to that, Drayton attended Lyons High School where he was ranked one of the top 25 players in the state by USA Today. The two-time Wayne County Player of the Year, Drayton averaged 23 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals as a senior, including a 35-point career-high performance. He was a two-time All-Greater Rochester pick, while earning first-team all-state honors in 1997 and second-team accolades in 1996. He was twice named to the Section V All-Tournament team and was named the tournament MVP in 1997. Drayton also participated in the Ronald McDonald High School All-Star Game.

    Drayton chose Northwestern over North Carolina State, Richmond and North Carolina-Wilmington.