Larry Drew II

February 6, 2011 by staff 

Larry Drew II, (AP) – North Carolina, said the point guard Larry Drew II left the program. In a statement released Friday by the school, Drew said he was leaving because “it’s in my interest to continue my education and basketball career elsewhere.” Drew did not indicate where he could play next. Coach Roy Williams said in the statement that even if he understands the decision of the Guardian: “I hate this for Larry and our team because he was such an important part of our team.”

Drew, a junior, has recently lost his starting position to the first year and Kendall Marshall has averaged 4.7 points and 3.7 assists.

This update NEWS. Check back soon for more information. AP story earlier is below.

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) – North Carolina point guard Larry Drew II left the program, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.

Drew is en route to Atlanta, where his father is the coach of the Hawks in the NBA, the person speaking to AP on condition of anonymity because the school had not officially announced the departure of Drew.

The junior had recently lost his starting position to the first year Kendall Marshall, a move that coincided with the rise of the No. 23 Tar Heels’ top of the Atlantic Coast Conference alongside national champion Duke. Drew departure means that sophomore starter Dexter Strickland, who saw time at point last year, will assume responsibilities over ball handling behind Marshall.

Drew has averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 assists, but he performed well on the bench after Marshall took the loss after a 20-point ugly at Georgia Tech.

The new withdrawal of UNC Drew was reported by ESPN.

Drew has mostly struggled since taking the reins of Ty Lawson’s Team 2009 NCAA championship. Drew started 36 games and became a subject of fan frustration during the season last year, 17-loss. He started the first 17 games this season before coach Roy Williams switched to Marshall.

But Drew tallied 18 assists with two turnovers in the last three games while drawing praise Williams for his perimeter defense, which even he was playing alongside Marshall in the sections.

The Tar Heels (16-5, 6-1 ACC) have won nine of 10 games, including all four since Marshall became the starter. They are coming off Tuesday’s 106-74 victories at Boston College where Drew had nine assists and one turnover in 19 minutes.

North Carolina hosts Florida State on Sunday, then travels to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face No. 5 Duke on Wednesday night.

Drew’s College future plans are unknown at this time.

AP Sports Writer Oscar Dixon in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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