Drew Becoming a Top UNC Target

Coming off an impressive summer, Larry Drew is reaping the rewards. Now ranked the No. 2 point guard in the class of 2008 by Scout.com, he has had coaches from all over the country making their way to Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft to watch him work out – including Roy Williams.

Arizona, Gonzaga, California, USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Louisville and North Carolina have all sent coaches to watch him work out since the open period began. A few of the schools even had head coaches in attendance.

"[North Carolina's] interest has been big," Taft coach Derrick Taylor said. "Roy came out himself. Roy Williams came out by himself sat back quietly and evaluated and then Roy was at school with me. We talked maybe an hour and a half or two hours afterwards. He made it clear that they are very, very interested in Larry. He's one of their main recruiting targets."

"They haven't officially offered yet," he said about Carolina. But I think if Larry were to say I'd like to commit to you guys would you accept my commitment and I think they would accept it."

While the Tar Heels are high on Drew's list, there are a few West Coast schools that have made an impact on him as well. UCLA, who recently took a commitment from point guard Jerime Anderson, is still in the mix, as is Southern California.

"They are in," Taylor said about USC. "He's starting to really show more interest in them this past week. Their program is obviously heading into the right direction they have that new arena and he's kind of intrigued with staying at home because he's a big family guy. He is going to at least explore that option."

Although staying home may be intriguing, there is definitely no guarantee that he will. Taylor said Drew has no limitations on where he might attend school.

"Distance is not a factor. Being an NBA kid, Larry has traveled and he's been away from home and isn't afraid to travel. He's really mature beyond his years, so no I don't think he has any real boundaries in terms of where he will go. He's made that clear."

Along with all of the schools that have visited him, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee are in the picture as well. In the next two weeks Drew, his family and Taylor will sit down and come up with a top list of schools.

"We've been talking and he likes a lot of schools. We are sitting down in two weeks and going to narrow the list down to five to seven schools and stick to that."

"We are starting to really talk and see what he really likes and we are going to throw our suggestions his way me, his mom and dad. We are going to see who he likes."

After he finalizes that list of top schools Drew will turn his focus towards his high school season, where Taft will be playing a very competitive schedule. They'll even be traveling cross country to North Carolina to compete in the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational in Raleigh, N.C. from Dec. 27-29th.

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