McD: Larry Drew Spotlight

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- Larry Drew's main focus when he arrived in Milwaukee was to have fun, but like every other prospect in attendance he is competitive, and he was set on winning the three-point contest.

"Honestly I had a feeling that I wouldn't be able to enjoy the event as much if I didn't win," Drew said. "So obviously I wanted to win. After I win I can just chill and relax, but I'm just trying to have fun."

Now with the three-point contest out of the way, Drew is getting focused for the game. The 6-foot guard is on a loaded West team, which also includes Brandon Jennings, Malcolm Lee and Jrue Holiday in the backcourt.

"Nothing against the East, but the West guards are stacked," Drew said. "I'm over here practicing against them everyday and it's definitely going to prepare me for the East guards. It's been a lot of fun."

"I don't guard Brandon and I don't guard Jrue and they don't go to my school, so it's definitely something new," he continued. "I'll take the challenge. We are all different players here and I'm just going to play my game."

Through a handful of practices the North Carolina signee has certainly held his own. Drew's proven that he is a true point guard and is equipped with a strong handle and has an unique ability to see the floor.

"I'm just out here having fun playing against some of the best players in the nation," the Taft (Calif.) standout said. "I'm just having fun, enjoying it and taking the whole experience in."

Drew rode a big senior season to make the McDonald's All-American game. He put up big numbers - 13.9 points, 9.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds – and was voted the City Player of the Year in Los Angeles.

"It feels great for the committee to recognize me for all my hard work," he said. "It's just an honor to be here and I'm happy about it."

Drew and future North Carolina teammate Ed Davis took their official visits together, so they were already familiar with each other, but Drew has used the festivities to get to know Tyler Zeller as well.

"I've hung out with Ed and I've hung out with Tyler, especially at the Ronald McDonald House," Drew said. "We were walking around just acting silly. It's been cool."

The three have discussed the current North Carolina squad, but they've also talked about their future as Tar Heels.

"We are looking forward to it," Drew said. "We are all going out for summer school, so we've been talking about what it's going to be like and what we think it's going to be like because we don't know what to expect."

Drew and his future Carolina teammates will be in action Wednesday night on ESPN. The game tips-off at 9:30 EST.

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