It's Official: Drew Returning to UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Larry Drew released a final statement declaring his return to North Carolina for the 2010-11 season on Friday afternoon.

"Last week when we were in New York for the NIT, several reporters from North Carolina asked me about transferring after the season," Drew said in a prepared release. "I said that I would always be a Tar Heel. I thought my answer would end the speculation, but my teammates, family, coaches and I continue to be asked about me transferring.

"I want to again confirm that I am not transferring anywhere. I eagerly look forward to preparing for next season and competing with my Carolina teammates as we hope to improve on our play from this past season. I have my own basketball dreams and I know I have to work hard this summer to reach them and help Carolina reach our team goals."

Internet rumors about Drew's possible transfer began prior to UNC's victory over Wake Forest on Feb. 27, but the real evidence started leaking out shortly thereafter.

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.

Inside Carolina confirmed in early March that the UNC staff had made inquiries into unsigned high school senior point guards, despite having signed All-American point Kendall Marshall set to enroll this summer for the 2010-11 season.

"I've been asked about these rumors since the day we won at Wake Forest in February and I really want to put all this stuff to rest," Drew said. "I am a Tar Heel and will continue to learn from Coach Williams and his staff to become a more effective player and leader and help us have a great season in 2011."

Drew started 36 games of 37 games this season at point guard, averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 assists per game. The sophomore's 1.85 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked fifth in the ACC.

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