Drew Unable to Trim List

The original plan was to narrow his list down by now, but Larry Drew just couldn't do it. The 6-foot junior point guard has interest in a number of schools and is having trouble eliminating any this early in the process.

"He's not ready to narrow it down yet," said Derrick Taylor, coach at Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. "He's just not ready. He just kind of wants to sort some things out and he wants to talk to his Dad a little longer also."

According to Taylor there have been a number of schools in recently to see his quick and elusive point guard. The ones he mentioned were Alabama, North Carolina, UCLA, USC, Florida, Oregon, Washington, Gonzaga, Arizona, California, Illinois and Florida State.

"We are hoping to dwindle it down soon so some of these schools can move on," Taylor said.

One school that seems to have moved on from Drew is UCLA. But it's not surprising as the Bruins took a commitment from junior point guard Jerime Anderson in early September.

"[UCLA] is staying in contact with us, but no, they aren't actively recruiting him at this point at least not to my knowledge."

Drew will look at a number of factors when he dives into the process, however Taylor made it clear distance and competition won't play an issue in his decision.

"Distance is not an issue," the coach said. "He's not going to look at distance. He's looking at the system he would like to come in and play right away and get a good feel for the coach.

"He's not scared to compete, though, don't think he's going to not go to a place that already has a point guard. If he likes the coach and he likes them he'll go there and compete. He's not scared to compete at all.

"He's not even concerned with who is already there," Taylor continued. "They should be concerned about him because he's going to come to play."

Drew did more than just compete this summer, as he led his Pump N' Run to an adidas Super 64 championship and played well enough to earn a top 20 ranking from Scout.com. Taylor said his guards' great play carried over into the fall. "Super and dominant," Taylor said when describing Drew. "In our fall leagues he's been dominant. He's a big rebounder for a little bitty guy. He gets six or eight rebounds a game. He's gotten a lot tougher."

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