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Larry Drew Jr. leaves North Carolina

February 5, 2011 |  1:23 pm

With only one year remaining in NCAA eligibility, former Woodland Hills Taft guard Larry Drew Jr. abruptly left North Carolina's team on Friday and announced he would transfer to an undetermined school.

Drew was the City Section player of the year in 2008 when he led Taft to the City Division I championship. His brother, Landon, plays for Los Angeles Fairfax. His father, Larry Sr., is the coach of the Atlanta Hawks.

Drew's departure continues a trend of former Southern California products signing with North Carolina and then leaving. Former Santa Ana Mater Dei standouts David and Travis Wear left North Carolina and are redshirting at UCLA. Former North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake standout Alex Stepheson left the Tar Heels and is now playing for USC.

Here's a take from Sports Illustrated on the transfer.

Drew would have to sit out next season under NCAA rules, then have one year of eligibility remaining.

-- Eric Sondheimer