Just this past spring, Ray Giacoletti opted to return to the head coaching ranks, accepting the lead position for the Drake Bulldogs after several years on the Gonzaga Bulldogs‘ staff as an assistant. With his first season at Drake nearing a start, Giacoletti has wasted no time in bettering the team’s future.
Despite having no prior experience at Drake, Giacoletti has made no recent noise on the recruiting trail, locking up not one, not two, but three commitments from the class of 2014 this week alone. Following the pledges of both Reed Timmer and Ore Arogundade, Giacoletti and the Bulldogs landed their third commitment in as many days on Tuesday afternoon with 2014 point guard, C.J. Rivers.
Rivers, who stands at 6-foot-2, hails from Cahokia, Illinois and the news of his commitment was first tweeted out by his AAU coach. Rivers spent his time on the AAU circuit with the SW Illinois Jets, ending an impressive off-season run as he now prepares for his final season at the high school level.
Timmer, Arogunade and now Rivers map out the current three man class for Giacoletti and it’s one that could certainly help put the Bulldogs back into the thick of things within the Missouri Valley Conference in the coming years. Drake has not made a trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and that’s a season that marks their only Big Dance appearance since 1971.
Giacoletti is hoping to change that.