Duke Must Make Up Ground For Drew

Now considered a full fledged target in 2008, Larry Drew says Duke has some ground to make up.

RALEIGH, N.C. – There's no doubt about it, Larry Drew is the best remaining point guard in the 2008 class. He's been hearing from the heavy hitters for months and it looks like another one is about to enter the picture.

It was no surprise that Roy Williams was at his game Wednesday evening, as the Tar Heels have been quoted as his leader. What is surprising is Mike Kyrzeswki showed up to check out the 6-foot, 165-pound PG on Thursday.

"Maybe they read an article that Carolina offered him and maybe they said there is something there let's look at him," Taft coach Derrick Taylor said.

"I mean Coach K, from what I hear this was the first game he's been too. They aren't recruiting me. They might start now."

By now Drew's used to auditioning in front of big name coaches. Lorenzo Romar, Lute Olsen, Ben Braun and Roy Williams have been seen him play and each coach finds themselves atop Drew's list.

So with the Blue Devil's possibly entering the picture they're going to have some ground to make up, but Drew said he'd be willing to listen.

"I'm going to consider everyone that is looking at me, but I have other schools ahead of [Duke] at this point in time because they would be so far behind in recruiting me. If they were to just start recruiting me, I'm already looking at some other schools, but I'd definitely take a look at them."

Drew said he plans to visit North Carolina on Saturday and is in process of setting up visits with Arizona and Washington. In recent weeks Drew hinted at possible making a decision soon, but he backed away from those comments this weekend as he said there is no timetable for a decision.

This week Drew impressed onlookers with his speed and ability to create for teammates at the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational. The first night of action Drew lit up the nets from deep hitting five three-pointers and scoring 17 points.

The past two evening Drew's shot wasn't going down so he went about his work a different way. The Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft standout found ways to get his teammates open shots and filled the lane.

While Taft's run ended abruptly in the championship (they lost by over 20 to Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's) Drew was impressive all weekend and showed he deserves the attention coaches are giving him.

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