Can North Carolina's Larry Drew Lead Young Tar Heels to ACC's Apex?

Jacob MotleyContributor IOctober 12, 2009

So you are the sophomore point guard of one of the most prolific basketball schools in the nation, fresh off a national championship winning season. You are filling the shoes of the No. 19 pick in the first round of the NBA Draft. Want to talk about pressure?

Larry Drew could tell you all about it.

Larry Drew will be in command of a North Carolina offense that has once again reloaded and has enough talent to take it deep into the month of March again.

But there is one problem: Drew only averaged 9.4 minutes of playing time in his freshman season. It is hard to get playing time behind a guy like Ty Lawson.

A positive from that position is you can learn a lot by practicing with Ty Lawson. Larry Drew has taken advice from Lawson, guarded him in practice, and is being coached by the basketball legend Roy Williams. Along with being the son of an NBA father, Larry Drew has all the pieces to be a solid point guard, but can he put them together?

Roy Williams thinks so. Drew was a McDonald's All American in high school, and also won the McDonald's All American three-point shootout.

With all the weapons on this North Carolina team next year, Drew has endless options. But in the end, it is the play of a solid point guard that leads a team to the promised land.

Is Larry Drew "that guy"? We hope he can be. He isn't taking this opportunity lightly—he spent his off-season with his father polishing areas of his game he and Roy Williams felt needed attention.

With less than a month until tip-off, we will find out soon if Larry Drew is the man to lead this young team. If he isn't ready, there are a couple of recruits coming in 2010 that would love to step up to the plate.