UCLA release on Drew

From UCLA:

Bruin head coach Ben Howland announced today that Larry Drew II attended class at UCLA today, the first day of class for the Spring quarter. He will be on scholarship for the 2011-12 season, one he will have to sit out for the entire year, due to the NCAA rules on four-year transfers (North Carolina). He will become available when the Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion for the 2012-13 season.

“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.”

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  • The Blur

    Am I the only one confused as to why a premier program like UCLA would bring in a kid with one year of eligibility? I mean, if he were any good, he’d be playing somewhere by his senior year, right?

  • bruinbiochem06

    I’m so glad we didn’t pass up on Drew and see him ending up at SUC. We will have a seasoned pg the year we lose both Zeke and Anderson. Perfect scenario.

    Go Bruins!!!

  • Bruin Zealot

    You have to view it as a one and done deal. I just hope we have a great year with him. Cool thing is he will have one year under his belt learning Howland’s system.

  • Anonymous

    Prima donna travel baller. Do we really need another? Unhappy with his p.t. so he takes his ball and leaves midseason. Sounds like a team cohesiveness nightmare.

  • anonymously

    according to nbadraft.net malcolm lee is also going to the draft.

  • Larry

    Not sure how I feel about this. Only 1 year of playing time and why do we get all the players that fizzled out of UNC? What kind of message does this send? Not good enough for there, but good enough for here? Just saying…

  • ucla-of-the rockies

    Life is often about 2nd (3rd, 4th?) chances. Are so many of you who post so critical here really that perfect? Heck, he’s coming home for heaven’s sake. Maybe The South didn’t sit with him either, aside from his playing time deals, etc. … Can you blame the kid for looking this way? He already knows the twins (read: 4-5 assists per game right there), finishes a quality education, gets to play in all-refurbished and still one of the nation’s hallowed arenas along with returnees that might have just hung a record 12th banner? Come on, is this really that difficult?
    This was an easy scholarship to give out for CBH. Moreover, having LDIII working against Zeke & Jermime next year makes them all that much better.
    Wake up and smell the coffee. This may not have worked in the 1970s, but this is basketball life today. To think you can turn Hollywood back to, say, the way things work at Butler, is simply not realistic.

  • Anonymous

    At least there won’t be discussions on whether he will be a one-and-done. LOL.

  • The Big Woof!

    I’m still a little leery about the team concept philosophy from a guy who runs out on his team in mid season because he lost his starting job and playing time. Maybe where are other mitigating circumstances, and I guess I’m willing to live with giving him another chance, especially when it’s a one playing year deal and coach Ben says he’s such a great kid.

  • The Big Woof!

    On another subject, we’re getting many conflicting opinions on whether CBH should continue recruiting guys who may leave early or go for guys who might stay for 3 to 4 years. Many have favored the latter, which will immediately trigger negative comments from those who cry about our not getting the “best talent.” Lots will complain vociferously either way. CBH will have to keep trying to best recruit players who he thinks will help the program the most. And the naysayers will continue to cry wolf (not Woof!)