“We are very excited about the addition of Larry Drew II to our program,” UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland said. “He is an outstanding player and a really good kid. He is a great person and I think that he will be a great player for the Bruins in his final season of eligibility.”
“It feels great to be back home,” Larry Drew II said. “I had a great learning experience at North Carolina and they taught me a lot. I’m looking forward to getting a fresh start at UCLA and I’m happy to be a Bruin. Next year will give me time to focus on my academics and of course, train with the team.”
Why in the world would UCLA take on this guy? No matter what story Larry fed his new coaches about what went down at Carolina, they have to suspect he has issues or he’s not exactly a team player. And yes, many coaches are willing to take on head cases in exchange for a serious boost in talent to their roster, but Drew has never really shown that he’s anything other than an average Division I guard. Why risk having your team chemistry implode to sign what is basically a solid back-up? Is Howland that desperate to reunite Drew with the Wear Twins? Did they put in a good word for him? This is all very strange. Anyone got any thoughts on this one?