Dragons Highlights

General Information

  • NCAA Division: Division I
  • Conference: Colonial Athletic Association (2001-present)
  • City: Philadelphia
  • Stadium: Daskalakis Athletic Center


  • NCAA Tournaments: 5 (1986, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2021)
  • National Championships: None
  • Conference Tournament Titles: 5 (1986, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2021)
  • Conference Regular Season Titles: 7 (1986, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2012)

Past Conferences:

  • East Coast
  • America East

Team History

The Drexel Dragons are a Philadelphia-based program that competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. Drexel joined Division I in 1974 and has made five NCAA Tournaments, albeit just one over the last two decades.

Drexel’s most recent postseason appearance came in 2021 when it overcame long odds to win the CAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed. The Dragons advanced to play top-seeded Illinois and were beaten 78-49. That marked their first trip to the Big Dance in 1996 and their first since leaving America East.

The Dragons have lost five of their six tournament games at the Division I level. The outlier came in 1996 when they upset fifth-seeded Memphis behind Malik Rose. That came on the heels of postseason appearances in 1994 and 1995.

Rose became an iconic figure within the program, scoring more than 2,000 points and recording a school-record 1,514 rebounds. The two-time America East Player of the Year was taken 44th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He went on to play 13 years in the NBA, winning two championships with the San Antonio Spurs. His best season came in 2003 when he averaged 10.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists for the title-winning Spurs.

Rose is third on Drexel’s all-time scoring list, behind Michael Anderson -the star of the program’s 1986 tournament team- and John Rankin. Anderson became the first Dragon to make the NBA after he was selected 73rd overall by the Indiana Pacers in 1988. He wound up spending much of his career on the international level, winning Spanish League MVP in 1996. Like Rose, his number is retired by Drexel.

Prior to that, the Dragons appeared in four Division II tournaments, including the very first one in 1957.
Drexel has also played in the National Invitational Tournament six times, most recently in 2012 when it reached the quarterfinals of the consolation event. The school’s combined record in the NIT is 2-6.

All-Time Records

Points Scored

o Michael Anderson: 2,208
o John Rankin: 2,111
o Malik Rose: 2,024


o Malik Rose: 1,514
o Bob Stephens: 1,316
o Samme Givens: 1,059


o Michael Anderson: 724
o Todd Lehmann: 668
o Camren Wynter: 577


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