Class of 1997
Collier Drayton was one the most highly recruited athletes to ever play sports at Lyons High School. He played varsity basketball from 1995-1997, leading the team to a 72-5 record with three Section V Championships. In 1995-96, the team was ranked first in the state and finished as the state runner-up in the NYSPHSAA Tournament.
Under Coach Dean Schott, Drayton averaged 25 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals per game as a senior. He was named Fingerlakes Times Fab 5 Player of the Year his junior and senior year and was named to the Section V Tournament Team all three years culminating with the MVP award his senior year. He was second team All-State in 1996 and first team All-State in 1997.
Other high school accolades include being ranked as one of the top 25 players in New York State. He also participated in the Ronald McDonald High School All Star Game where he finished off his scholastic career with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. He was also invited to the elite 5 Star Basketball Camp prior to his senior year. Collier also lettered for the baseball and football team and was an honor roll student.
After a year at New Hampton Prep School, where he was named all-league in three sports, he went to college at Northwestern University.
After playing little his first year, he went on to play in every game thereafter, including starting every contest his senior year. During his senior year, he led his team in assists, sixth in the Big Ten in assists/turnover ratio and seventh in the Big Ten in steals. He twice scored thirteen points in a game, his career high.