Drew wide open

The West Coast is loaded with point guards in the 2008 class. Brandon Jennings, Larry Drew and Jerime Anderson are all poised to be elite level players. All three were in Tucson this past weekend and we caught up with Drew shortly before his Pump N Run team won the championship game of the event.

Drew is currently a four-star recruit by Scout.com and their No. 4 point guard in the class. Drew is a tad on the small size, but has a great understanding and feel for the game. He may not be the scorer that Jennings is, but he does a better job making those around him better.

Although he has been attached to a number of programs, he is not listing any top schools.

"Favorites right now? I don't really want to say anything, at least not right now," Drew stated.

He admits that he rooted for North Carolina and UCLA while growing up, but was emphatic that he is considering a wide variety of schools.

One of those schools is Arizona.

"I'll consider Arizona," Drew said. "They're fine. They get their point guards to run the offense, to run the floor. They let their point guards play."

Drew had a chance to check out the UA this past weekend and liked what he saw.

"The campus was great," Drew said. "I like it. I kind of like the tranquility. I think it is cool."

While Drew is getting a ton of attention, he is nowhere near ready to choose a school. With Brandon Jennings also stating that he'd like to take his time, it could be awhile before the 2008 point guard class starts to take shape.

"I'm going to wait, definitely," Drew said. "I am going to take all the time I have. The latest I can commit is what I'm going to do."

Although Drew does not compare himself to any player, he claims that he hears that his game resembles that of a former Arizona player.

"The comparison I hear the most is Jason Terry," Drew said. "My coach told his friend and people around the school say I play like Jason Terry."

At the time of the interview Drew had only faced Jennings, but a short time later he and his Pump N Run team beat Anderson and his Double Pump team. He lost to Jennings earlier this season when his Taft team fell to Jennings and Compton Dominguez. Right now the plan is for Jennings to leave the West Coast and attend Oak Hill, but Drew may get another crack at Jennings.

"My coach told me he is trying to schedule a game against Oak Hill," said Drew.

Drew likes the competition in the Los Angeles area. He feels that the presence of all of these top point guards will only make him better.

"I always feel like I can work harder and with these guys out here, it just makes me motivated. It makes me work harder," he said. "At the end of the day I want to be at the top of the list, above everybody. I know how much time and effort I have to put in to that. I know what I have to put in, I will get out."

Drew is the son of former NBA player Larry Drew Sr. While many players may feel pressure living up to that example, Drew thinks it is a big benefit.

"He is somebody I can talk to about the game because he knows so much about the game," the younger Drew said. "I don't feel any real pressure because I just look at him as if he's just my dad."

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