UCLA Basketball: Will UNC-Transfer Larry Drew II Be the Odd Bruin Out?

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2012


Larry Drew II transferred from North Carolina mid-way through his junior year during the 2010-11 season.

Ranked 17th all-time in the school's history in assists (378), Drew should have exited with some level of recognition.

But, Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis reported that he allegedly left town without saying a word to the coaches or players, and left it to his father to deliver the news to Tar Heels' coach Roy Williams.

So much for a gracious exit!

A SoCal native, LD2 landed at UCLA thinking that he would have a clear path to a starting PG position and a fresh start for his senior season.

What he may not have factored in was the outrageous 2012 recruiting class that Ben Howland was calmly assembling.

Though there is no pure point guard among the incoming freshmen, Howland still might empower 6'7" Kyle Anderson to start at the PG.

Anderson is a distinctively talented player who could hold down any of the three perimeter positions. His court vision, handles and passing skills would allow him to run the show in Westwood. 

How frightening would a starting freshmen trio of Anderson, Shabazz Muhammad and Jordan Adams be on the edges?

Three slayers constantly attacking the rim.

But where would this leave Drew 2?

If Howland goes with the teenage trio, could LD2 handle it?

And, we haven't even talked about Tyler Lamb, (a hard-working, hard-playing guard who averaged 9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game last year as a sophomore) or Norman Powell (a steady performer that makes great decisions).

Would Drew be the odd-Bruin-out?

Shortly after Drew 2 left UNC, Inside Carolina's Greg Barnes gave this insight:

"Multiple sources indicate that the knock on Drew from those close to the team is not that he was a bad teammate or that he maliciously undermined team chemistry, but rather that he wasn't fully invested. He was more of an absentee teammate than a bad teammate.

Sources also claim that the coaching staff expressed disappointment behind the scenes about Drew's commitment level - the lack of a gym rat's mentality to go the extra mile on his own time."

This type of casualness will not earn Drew a starting position or playing time.

In fact, if he hasn't already been working hard and pushing himself, he's losing ground and will unfortunately finish his collegiate career watching the return of UCLA basketball.