2008 Introduction: Larry Drew, Jr

Larry Drew, Jr., an outstanding young point guard prospect, is hearing from some of the elite programs in the country...

Larry Drew, Jr., 5-11 SO PG Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, is one of the elite sophomore point guards in the West Coast class. The son of a former pro, Drew has an advanced feel for the game. A true point, Drew looks to get his teammates involved first and generally makes very good decisions. He has good, but not exceptional, quickness and very good ball skills. His shot was very good last spring and summer, but he's been somewhat inconsistent so far this season. With continued development, he has a chance to be among the best point guards nationally.

We spoke with Drew yesterday and asked him if he has a list of schools yet.

"No, I don't have a list – I'm keeping my options open," said Drew. "Some of the schools that have been showing a lot of interest are Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, Louisville, USC, Kansas, Illinois, North Carolina and Washington."

Taft coach Derrick Taylor was present during the interview and he said, "Lute Olson has been here three times and Lorenzo Romar has been out twice. Arizona and Washington are coming out to a game next week."

We asked Drew if any schools have offered him a scholarship yet.

"No, not really," said Drew. "My Dad is friends with a lot of coaches – like he knows the guys at UCLA – and they'll joke around with him and say they have a scholarship for me. But there haven't been any real offers yet."

We asked Drew about the issue of leaving home when he goes to college.

"When I was younger, I thought I wanted to leave for sure," said Drew. "But now I don't really care – I'll play anywhere."

When questioned about the issues he'll consider when making his choice, Drew replied, "I'm looking to play with players that are not selfish. I want to go someplace where they play team ball. Someplace where they play a fast tempo, pushing the ball, but also someplace where they play good defense."

Drew said he hasn't given much thought to a timeframe for his decision. "I haven't really thought about it much," said Drew.

Drew told us his GPA is "around 3.1 or 3.2."

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