November 14, 2007

Drew signs with Tar Heels

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft point guard Larry Drew becomes an official member of the North Carolina family on Wednesday, as the 6-0, 160-pounder sends his national letter of intent to the UNC basketball offices. Drew is currently the No. 12 point guard and No. 76 overall player in the national rankings for the Class of 2008.

"I'm happy with my decision, it's like having a big load taken off my back," Drew said at the time of his commitment in late May. "In my heart, I always wanted to play for Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. They've been at the top of my list since day one. Now, I can concentrate on the task at hand, and that's getting stronger and improving. North Carolina has a great tradition, from Michael Jordan to Vince Carter. I mean, the list goes on and on. I'm excited to be a part of the Tar Heel family."

"Larry Drew will be a key piece of the puzzle for North Carolina in a couple of years," said associate editor Adam Powell. "While he doesn't have the outright speed of a player like Tywon Lawson, Drew is a solid floor general that doesn't make a lot mistakes and makes those around him better. He reminds me of former UNC point guard Jimmy Black with his ability to control an offense and get his teammates involved. Drew has shown that he can get hot from the perimeter and score on the outside, but he can also get the ball to teammates that are in better position than him to score. He's a smart and advanced young player with an NBA pedigree."

"With Larry Drew, I think the best thing about him is his passing," said basketball recruiting analyst Clint Jackson. "He's a set-up guy who likes to get the defense to commit, and then kick the ball to the open shooter or big man inside. He's real poised and can knock down open threes. He's not the same caliber of athlete that a Tywon Lawson is, but he's just tremendously responsible and mature with the ball. I think his key areas of improvement are lateral movement on defense, becoming more aggressive in the offensive set and looking for his shot more often -- because the kid can shoot it."

"With a good mind for the game, Drew has a knack for running a team and finding the open man," said national basketball analyst Jerry Meyer. "Perhaps the best thing he does, however, is shoot the ball from behind the arc. His foot speed and overall athleticism is an area of concern as a high-major prospect, although."

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