Drew Sets Up UNC Visit

Larry Drew is accelerating his recruitment. The 6-0 PG, who received visits from Roy Williams and Lute Olson this week, has a top three and is setting up unofficial visits.

"They are trying to speed up the process and trying to get this thing done," Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft Coach Derrick Taylor said.

Currently North Carolina, Arizona and Washington sit atop Drew's list, but there are still plenty of other schools involved. Texas, Gonzaga and USC are in the next tier. Then you have Arizona State and UCLA rounding out the list.

All eight schools have been in since the season started and his top three schools sent the head coach at least once. With his recruitment developing, Drew's begun setting up unofficial visits to check out a few campuses.

"He's setting up some visits now," Taylor said. "I think he goes to SC (Southern California) Sunday on an unofficial. He's taking an unofficial to Carolina. It's a dead period, so they can't be there, but he's going to go on campus on the 26th and see things out there."

Drew and his team will participate in the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational, which is held in Raleigh. Taylor and Drew plan to check out UNC's campus a day after Christmas and possibly for a practice later in the week.

"It's a dead period so [North Carolina] won't be there. Actually the very next day they come in and practice on the 27th. I think that's when the dead period is lifted and I think that's when they can come in."

After visiting the Tar Heels, Drew will likely check out two West Coast powers.

"His mom and I were talking today and she's setting up something to go to Arizona and then they are going set something up to go Gonzaga."

When the visits are complete, Drew could come up with a decision, but according to Taylor will likely wait until the end of the Taft's season. Speaking of the season, Taft is off to a 5-1 start. Drew's averaging 13 points, 7.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game and is gaining a skill that is ideal for high major point guards.

"His leadership is developing," Taylor said. "He's developed leadership skills and that's the area I've really pushed him hard and he's really stepped up and improved in that area tremendously."

Drew will be back in action tonight (Friday) against Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley.

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