Larry Drew II
Drew (right) defending in 2009.
|No. 12 – Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|League||NBA Development League|
March 5, 1990 |
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Taft (Woodland Hills, California)|
|College||North Carolina (2008–2011)
|NBA draft||2013 / Undrafted|
|2013–2015||Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)|
|2015–present||Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Larry Drew II (born March 5, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League. He won the John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award in 2008 before starting his college basketball career with the North Carolina Tar Heels. He went on to win a national championship in 2009 with the Tar Heels before deciding to leave the program in 2011. He transferred to the UCLA Bruins' program, where he played one season. He set UCLA's single-season record for assists and was named to the All-Pac-12 first team.
Drew is the son of Larry Drew, who was a first-round draft pick in the 1980 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft before becoming a head coach in the league. At William Howard Taft High School, Drew won the John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award as the 2008 Los Angeles City Section Player of the year and was a 2008 Parade All-American. He participated in the 2008 McDonald's All-American Game, where he won the 3-point shooting contest.
Drew started his collegiate career at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his freshman year, he averaged 1.4 points, 1.9 assists, 1.2 turnovers, and 1.1 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game as the Tar Heels won the 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I championship. He became the starting point guard as a sophomore, replacing Ty Lawson who departed for the NBA. Drew had an up and down season as the Tar Heels struggled to a 20-17 overall record and failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament. However, they did advance to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship game. For the season, Drew averaged 8.5 points per game on just 40.2% shooting from the field, with six assists and 2.1 turnovers per game.
On February 3, 2011, Drew left the University of North Carolina's basketball program in the middle of the season. In his last game with the Tar Heels, he had nine assists in 19 minutes in a 106–74 victory over Boston College. He did not cite any reasons, but his playing time, scoring, and assist numbers were all down from the prior season, and freshman Kendall Marshall had supplanted him as starting point guard in mid-January. However, in a freestyle rap in March on his 21st birthday, Drew rapped, "The past three years I can't undo, so now I'm making all the moves that I want to ... They tried to tell me just to play my role, but who's really trying to stick to a script that's full of typos?"
Drew started attending classes at UCLA on March 28, and had to sit out the 2011–12 season before using his final season of eligibility. Drew joined former Tar Heel twins, David and Travis Wear, who also transferred to UCLA.
Drew began the 2012–13 season as the Bruins lone senior player. He was also their only true point guard, a position he shared with freshman Kyle Anderson. In the final game of the regular season, Drew broke Pooh Richardson's school record for most assists in a season. Drew was named to the All-Pac-12 first team.
After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Drew joined the Miami Heat for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On September 23, 2013, he signed with the Heat. However, he was later waived by the Heat on October 21. On October 31, he was acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
In July 2014, he re-joined the Heat for the 2014 NBA Summer League. On October 20, he re-signed with the Heat, however they waived him on October 25, when he accepted their assignment back to Sioux Falls. He was officially reacquired by the Skyforce on November 3. He went on to deliver a D-League record 23 assists on December 25 in the 135-129 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
On January 16, 2015, Drew signed a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. On January 26, he signed a second 10-day contract with the 76ers. League rules limited teams to signing a single player to a maximum of two 10-day deals. Needing to sign Drew to a fully guaranteed contract if they wished to retain him, the team instead signed Tim Frazier to a 10-day contract on February 5, citing the desire for roster "flexibility." On February 6, he returned to the Skyforce.
- Steve Hummer. "Larry Drew's path to coach of Hawks". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. June 12, 2010. Retrieved on August 7, 2010.
- "John R. Wooden Award Committee Names 2008 Wooden High School Players Of The Year". WoodenAward.com. April 16, 2008. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011.
- "High School Boys Basketball Team". Parade. April 6, 2008. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011.
- Jordan, Jason (November 6, 2009). "UNC Point Guard Larry Drew II Is Ready To Show What He Can Do". Dime Magazine. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011.
- "Tar Heels struggle in 2009-2010 season". CarolinaUpdate.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
- Yoon, Peter (March 28, 2011). "Larry Drew II enrolls at UCLA". ESPNLosAngeles.com. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011.
- "Larry Drew II Career Stats". CarolinaUpdate.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
- Forde, Pat (February 4, 2011). "Larry Drew II leaves Tar Heels". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011.
- Bolch, Ben (March 28, 2011). "UCLA basketball: Former North Carolina guard Larry Drew II joins Bruins". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011.
- Hamilton, Brian (November 2, 2012). "UNC transfer Larry Drew II looking for redemption as senior at UCLA". SI.com. Archived from the original on November 20, 2012.
- Strong, Sam (November 13, 2012). "Howland turns to Larry Drew II at point guard". Post-Telegram (Long Beach). Archived from the original on November 20, 2012.
- Loumena, Dan (March 9, 2013). "UCLA clinches Pac-12 Conference regular-season title". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- Yoon, Peter (March 11, 2013). "Shabazz Muhammad, Larry Drew II named All Pac-12". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 11, 2013.
- Miami Heat sign guard Larry Drew II
- "HEAT Waive Varnado, Drew and Westbrook". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
- Skyforce Announces Initial 2013-14 Training Camp Invitees
- HEAT Signs Larry Drew II
- HEAT Waive Birch, Drew, Johnson and Jones
- Winderman, Ira (October 23, 2014). "Heat release Tyler Johnson, Shawn Jones, Larry Drew". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014.
- Skyforce Announces Full Training Camp Roster
- Record Breaking Night from Drew II Leads Sioux Falls over Rio Grande Valley
- "Sixers Sign Larry Drew II To 10-day Contract". NBA.com (Press release). Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
- "Sixers Sign Larry Drew II To Second 10-day Contract". NBA.com (Press release). Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 26, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
- Rappaport, Max (February 5, 2015). "Frazier Joins Sixers After Call-up From Red Claws". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
- "Larry Drew II Returns to Skyforce". NBA.com. February 6, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- NBA D-League Profile
- Profile at UCLABruins.com
- UNC stats