Drew: 'I'll Be a Tar Heel'

NEW YORK --- Larry Drew has been the subject of transfer rumors throughout the latter half of this season. While UNC's sophomore point guard had responded to them before, he hadn't made a direct denial. Until Wednesday morning.

"I'll be here -- I'll be a Tar Heel," Drew said at Wednesday morning's media session, when asked if he will be back in Chapel Hill next season.

Drew has started 35 of UNC's 36 games in 2009-10, averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 assists.

"As long as people just want something to put out there, they're just going to say whatever they want to say and just make up any kind of rumors, any kind of stories, to start something up," he added. "But I'll be here."

While it's indeed been a heated topic on message boards, radio shows and has even seeped its way into national TV broadcasts, this wasn't just another Internet rumor.

UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson was not in attendance for the Tar Heels' NIT opener against William & Mary because he was scouting the junior college national championships. Roy Williams said, when asked by Inside Carolina, that it wasn't unusual for an assistant to miss a game for recruiting purposes, but acknowledged it was the first time that had happened during his UNC tenure.

And, despite already having signed All-American point guard Kendall Marshall to enroll for next season, Inside Carolina confirmed earlier this month that the UNC staff made inquiries into unsigned high school senior point guards.

This probably won't fully silence the rumor mill, but Drew is now on record that he will remain at North Carolina.

(Greg Barnes contributed to this story)

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