Drew's Stock on the Rise

Larry Drew's name was already on the basketball map, but his fantastic play this summer solidified his status as one of the top guards in the Class of 2008 and drew attention from some of the top schools in the country, including North Carolina.

"Basketball wise I think it went really well," Drew said. "I think I took my game up to another level throughout the summer."

The 6-foot, 165-pound Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft product showed off his quickness and improved jumper this summer while leading adidas Pump N' Run to one of the best records on the circuit.

"I guess my leadership has really gone up another level," Drew said. "Because I feel like although I might not get all the attention because we have James Harden and Austin Daye, but I do really feel like it's my team and I did what I could to get us to be [successful]."

"I think I shot the ball pretty well this summer. I could have played better defense and I could have made some better decisions but when it came to get the ball around to my teammates I think I did pretty good."

Since summer ball ended on July 31, Drew has heard from UCLA, Louisville, California and Florida. While he said he hasn't heard from North Carolina since the open period, he said they had stepped up their recruiting efforts and were at a bunch of his games this summer.

"North Carolina, I think they've jumped up to recruiting me [one of] the hardest and they are probably [recruiting me] second or third [hardest of the schools] on my list."

Prior to his sophomore season, the Tar Heels had shown minimal interest, which changed after his impressive sophomore campaign.

"I remember going into my summer I hadn't really heard from North Carolina besides one or two letters and from then until now they've really been on me. They've been to all of my games and have been sending me letters and calling me when they can and texting me when they can."

Although the Tar Heels are showing a lot of interest, they aren't going after him as hard as the hometown school. According to Drew, UCLA has recruited him the hardest, but they have yet to extend a scholarship offer. Regardless he made it clear there is time for any school to get involved.

"Any school that is interested in me, I'm interested back in them," Drew, who holds a scholarship offer from Stanford, said. "I'm just trying to keep it open."

The next step for Drew is to take visits and familiarize himself with the schools that are recruiting him the hardest. If the interest between Carolina and Drew continues, then the Tar Heels could possibly get a visit out of Drew during the season. Drew said his high school team is working to set up a game against Oak Hill in North Carolina and they already have a trip to Raleigh, N.C. scheduled for late December for the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational.

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