Larry Drew II's Increased Role At UCLA

        UCLA coach Ben Howland announced that Larry Drew II, the former North Carolina Tar Heel, has been announced as the Bruins' starting point guard, as expected. With Kyle Anderson's pending eligibility issues, Drew is without question the team's best playmaker and his crafty ability to break down defenses with the ball in his hands will be critical in getting the ball to wing Shabazz Muhammed and big men Travis and David Wear, Josh Smith and Tony Parker, if he gets cleared eligibility-wise.

        While Drew didn't shoot the ball particularly well in UCLA's summer exhibition trip to China, he was the primary ball handler even with Anderson in the lineup, leading to a team-high in assists with a stellar assist-to-turnover ratio on the trip. And sure the competition was not all of that great (UCLA's margin of victory was tremendous throughout the three wins), but Drew is gaining the experience and confidence the Bruins need to return to the cream of the crop in the Pac-12.

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