2008 PG's atop Louisville's radar

A pair of 2008 point guards - California standout Larry Drew and Illinois star Verdell Jones - are high atop Louisville's radar. The son of a former NBA star, Drew is rated the No. 4 PG in his class, while Jones, one of the top players in his state, has drawn favorable comparisons to Shuan Livingston.

Louisville Shows Interest in California PG

Larry Drew, Jr., a 5-foot-11 sophomore point guard Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, is one of the top players at his position in the class of 2008.

The son of a pro, Drew has an excellent feel for the game and is adept at setting up teammates. Watching him in Arizona this past weekend, we noticed that he has become very good at running the pick and roll. His decision-making was very good and he consistently found teammates for open shots. Drew's outside shot was inconsistent this past season at Taft, but he shot the ball well in April and again this past weekend.

We spoke with Drew at the Cactus Classic and asked him which programs have been recruiting him the hardest so far.

"UCLA has been hitting me the hardest," said Drew. "Also, Cal and Washington. Those are the ones from the west. Outside of the west, Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville ... also Roy Williams has been sending me stuff."

We asked Drew about the timing of his decision and what he is looking for in a school. "I'm going to take my time -- I'm not going to rush into anything," said Drew. "I'm looking for the best combination of basketball and education. Location doesn't matter to me. Also, I'd like to play with a good big man."

Drew is rated the No. 4 point guard in the Class of 2008.

Jones' Game Improving

Champaign (Ill.) Central star Verdell Jones, a member of the Class of 2008, was named all-tournament at the Jayhawk Invitational this month.


Jones made an unofficial visit to
Louisville last season.

Jones, a 6-foot-3 point guard, is long, agile and can pass the basketball. He's gotten better each season and has progressed this spring. He's got a chance to be one of the better players at his position should he continue to grow and advance his body and game.

"The way he glides up the court with the rock in his hands, his feel for the game and the flair with which he makes plays is eerily reminiscent of a young Shaun Livingston," wrote Eric Bossi, who watched Jones drop 29 point on KC Rocktown at the Jayhawk Invitational.

At the Jayhawk, Jones indicated that Kansas, Louisville, Illinios, Florida, UCLA and Texas A&M had shown tremendous early interest in him. Surely each of those programs will evaluate him throughout the summer and he's off to a great start with a strong spring showing.

Jones made unofficial visits to Kansas and Louisville last season.


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