Friday, February 4, 2011

ESPN: Larry Drew II Leaves North Carolina

According to Pat Forde at ESPN:

In a jarring February development, North Carolina point guard Larry Drew II has left the Tar Heels team and will transfer, according to a source close to the situation.

The source did not cite a reason for Drew's decision to transfer but did say the junior left campus Thursday, roughly 48 hours after recording nine assists in 19 minutes in North Carolina's 106-74 victory over Boston College.

The source also said North Carolina's coaches were aware of Drew's decision.

Drew essentially has shared the point guard position this season with freshman Kendall Marshall; he lost the starting role to Marshall in mid-January.

As a result, Drew's playing time, scoring and assists have dropped from last season -- minutes down from 28.8 to 22.8 per game; scoring from 8.5 points to 4.4; and assists from 5.9 to 3.9.

However, he's had some of his better floor games in the Tar Heels' past three games, all victories, racking up 19 assists and only two turnovers while playing fewer minutes than Marshall.

Drew, the son of Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew, was a lightning rod for fan criticism last year, when the Tar Heels failed to earn an NCAA tournament berth.

If he transfers to another Division I school, Drew will have to sit out a year, and he would have one season of eligibility remaining.

North Carolina is 16-5 overall, and 6-1 in the ACC, in second place behind Duke. It is on the verge of re-entering the ESPN/USA Today coaches' top 25 after being ranked ninth in the preseason. The Tar Heels are tied for 23rd in The Associated Press media poll. 

1 comment:

  1. i knew that drew was the problem with the team since last year. You could tell that he wanted to be a superstar without the talent. How many close games did UNC LOSE during a comeback by Drew throwing up a panicked three to go ahead--to be the hero--and miss instead of slowing things down getting the 2 and grinding out a win. I hate he left because as a backup he played harder and smarter. But I really am glad he is gone so i don't have high blood pressure every time he goes in the game. I have always said he is a whiney baby since Marshall started his first game. Good luck Larry. Maybe You can play for a great team like Wofford or IUPUI. He's just pissed cause he does not start anymore.

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