Two Visits Solidify UNC's Lead for Drew

MINNEAPOLIS --- It's been a pretty hectic couple of weeks for Larry Drew.

After traveling from his native Los Angeles to Raleigh, N.C. shortly after Christmas to play in the Holiday Invitational with his Taft High teammates, the 5-11 junior point guard was on the move again last weekend. This time, he and his teammates left sunny L.A. for chilly Minneapolis and a chance to play in the Timberwolves Shootout in the Target Center.

While he and his teammates struggled in a two point loss to St. Louis Park (Minn.) Benilde St. Margaret's, Drew remained upbeat. He's got a matchup with North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell High star Jrue Holiday to look forward to this week, and he had plenty to talk about after making two trips to the UNC campus in late December.

From the sounds of it, the entire experience was a hit.

"It was crazy, people were coming up to me asking for my autograph and stuff like that," said Drew of his time in Carolina. "I wasn't really used to that."

Drew declared once again that the Tar Heels lead others like Arizona, UCLA, Washington, Duke, Texas, Florida and Kentucky,

His Taft team had the opportunity to hold a team practice at the Dean E. Smith Center on Dec. 26, prior to the start of the Holiday Invitational. And then after earning All-Tournament Team honors, he returned to the UNC campus on the morning of Dec. 30 to get a more in-depth look at the campus, attend the Tar Heels' practice and "see the Tar Heel way of life," Drew explained.

Drew said he liked what he saw in Chapel Hill.

"It was great and I really like the campus," said Drew. "I really like the program, of course, and the academics are solid. I really liked the trip."

Having mentioned Carolina as his leader and having received considerable interest, and a scholarship offer from Roy Williams, Drew expanded on how the UNC staff has approached his recruitment.

"North Carolina, they always tell me that if any school is recruiting me harder [than them] that they are doing it illegally," Drew told Inside Carolina. "So, they are constantly on me. Every chance they get they are on me. They show out of any schools that they want me the most right now."

Not wanting to give a specific timeline, Drew simply said that he'd pick a school when he felt the time was right.

Finally, the easy going junior discussed recent buzz about him and Holiday being a possible package deal. They are the top-ranked point guard and shooting guard on the West Coast this season and are expected to be AAU teammates this summer. According to Drew, playing together in college is something he'd be interested in, but the pair has never really spoken to each other about it.

"That's kind of been the word, you know the buzz, on the West Coast that they want to see Jrue and I go to the same college and everything," said Drew. "I haven't really talked to Jrue about it, like man to man. But, I would definitely love to go to a college with Jrue if possible."

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