Drew Can't Wait to Sign

It may be hard to believe, but it's been nearly six months since Larry Drew offered up a commitment to Roy Williams and North Carolina. On Wednesday morning, the senior point guard from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft will officially be a Tar Heel when he signs his National Letter of Intent.

Some kids hold signing ceremonies, Drew is just looking forward to sharing the moment with his family.

"I'm going to sign before I go to school tomorrow morning at my house," Drew told Inside Carolina. "It's going to be more of family thing."

After signing the paperwork, Drew and his family will fax it off to the Carolina basketball office. Even though he committed long ago, Drew is excited to make things official.

"It's going to feel great, I really can't wait," said Drew. "I could of signed it earlier because I got the letter a couple of days ago, but I didn't even want to open it until Signing Day to make it complete. I really can't wait for it, I've been telling all of my friends about it."

The exuberance Drew has for joining the North Carolina basketball family extends all the way to his preparation. He's started practice for his final season of high school ball and has been working hard to make sure he's ready.

"I've been working on getting my legs stronger," said Drew. "I've been doing a lot of running drills. There's this place by here called the ‘sand dunes' and a lot of players from UCLA and the NBA go there and work out. I've been there running and of course I'm working on my shooting and other stuff."

Joining Drew as members of UNC's 2008 recruting class are Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis. Having played against Zeller, Drew still hasn't seen Davis other than in clips on the Internet. Still, he's sure that the trio will make a fine group.

"I think it's a great class, a lot of people were skeptical coming in because Coach (Williams) didn't have a big class last year," said Drew. "I think he put together a great class with me, Ed and Tyler. I haven't really played with a decent big man before other than with Pump ‘N Run some during the summer. I'm really excited to play with big guys every day. I'll give them the ball and I'm sure they'll be happy with me."

While he's excited to sign, Drew also realizes that he's got work left to do on the high school level and this is his last season to do it.

"For me it's different because last year our high school team couldn't go to the playoffs or anything because we had an ineligible payer," said Drew. "For me I'm really excited to go out with a bang this year and do something that they'll talk about for years."

After that, it will be time to fully dedicate his focus on being a Tar Heel because there's no time for rest. He's looking forward to carrying on the UNC tradition and beating one team in particular.

"I'll go right into it, I can't have any time off. I can't do that if I'm going to do what I'm trying to do," finished Drew.."I just really look forward to carrying on the tradition of Tar Heel basketball and playing at UNC and at places like Duke. I just want to beat Duke."

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