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Tar Heels shocked by Drew's departure

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08:32 AM ET 02.05 | North Carolina coach Roy Williams learned at around 9 a.m. Friday - via a phone call from Larry Drew Sr. - that junior point guard Larry Drew II was leaving school immediately and transferring. The decision by Drew - who was playing his best basketball of the season after being replaced in the starting lineup four games ago - is shocking because of the timing.

Raleigh News & Observer

Larry Drew II, Joel Auerbach/Getty Images Larry Drew II, Joel Auerbach/Getty Images
February 5, 2011  09:27 AM ET

Head to St. Johns!

February 5, 2011  09:45 AM ET

If he transfers to Duke, there just might be riots in North Carolina on par with what's going on in Egypt right now.

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February 5, 2011  09:53 AM ET

Kid still has to have daddy do it for him. Transferring happens all the time but grow up and tell the coach yourself.

February 5, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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I thought if you and your dad (but no one else before him in your family) had the same name, he was "Sr" and your were "Jr"; that "II" indicated you were named after a relative other than your dad. Or have the rules changed in past hundred or so years since I learned them?And where's the damned eye candy?

Could be a George Foreman thing. Larry Jr, I, II, III, IV,......

Not trying any photos today. Just can't take the rejection.

February 5, 2011  09:59 AM ET
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Not trying any photos today. Just can't take the rejection.

Me either pops. I aint' worth a damn at that.

February 5, 2011  10:41 AM ET
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I thought if you and your dad (but no one else before him in your family) had the same name, he was "Sr" and your were "Jr"; that "II" indicated you were named after a relative other than your dad. Or have the rules changed in past hundred or so years since I learned them?And where's the damned eye candy?

It's more of a choice thing. My cousins used II but Dad didn't add Sr.

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February 5, 2011  11:17 AM ET

Son: "Daddy they said I can't start anymore. Am I a bad player, daddy, am I??"

Father: "No son you're a superstar. It doesn't matter you can't put the ball in the basket. Let's go somewhere else where they appreciate you."

Son: "Thanks dad, your the greatest!"

February 5, 2011  11:18 AM ET
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So, he with-drew!Ha Ha I just could not resist, forgive me, and bless all the ..................................pygmies in New Guinea!

Finished it Colonel.

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February 5, 2011  11:44 AM ET
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Kid still has to have daddy do it for him. Transferring happens all the time but grow up and tell the coach yourself.

Amen! Is he doing this because he feels he was "dissed" or something?

February 5, 2011  12:27 PM ET

simply not good enuff to play at duke...

February 5, 2011  12:32 PM ET

He should have made this move last year... The kid is crazy talented, but Roy Williams has been making him play out of position to cover-up his recruiting failures...

As a sixth man, he comes off the bench playing his regular spot and thrives. Another program can showcase his ability a lot better (let's face it, he's most likely in it for the NBA face time not the education). So why not transfer?

February 5, 2011  12:36 PM ET

i think a good fit is Fla.St, they need another baller who can't pass or shoot...

February 5, 2011  01:24 PM ET
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He should have made this move last year... The kid is crazy talented, but Roy Williams has been making him play out of position to cover-up his recruiting failures...As a sixth man, he comes off the bench playing his regular spot and thrives. Another program can showcase his ability a lot better (let's face it, he's most likely in it for the NBA face time not the education). So why not transfer?

the recruiting mistake was him...he started in his position for 18 games...the coach played him out of position b/c he was trying to get a better player on the floor...starting him that many games cost them at least 2 seeds in the tournament... he seems like a nice kid but maybe he lost his confidence... he's now a short skinny guard with a shaky jumper who's acts as if he thinks the paint is wet...roy's no genius but this isn't his fault...now not calling timeouts until the other team finishes their run definitely is...hope your boy lands on his feet

February 5, 2011  02:26 PM ET
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If he transfers to Duke, there just might be riots in North Carolina on par with what's going on in Egypt right now.

There will not be any transfers between UNC & Duke in any major sport in our lifetimes.

February 5, 2011  02:40 PM ET

Smells like a Cam Newton Story to me

 
February 5, 2011  02:47 PM ET

Sharon Drew sounds like an idiot. She's been nagging Roy since Drew went there (despite the lengths to which Roy defended Larry to the media criticism of his play and continued to let him start for the last two seasons until a *freshmen* was outplaying him in practice), and she has also nagged the coach of the high school team Larry's brother Landon plays for in California to the point *that* coach dropped Landon from the team because he couldn't put up with the mother's meddling anymore. The parents haven't done their children any benefits by branding them malcontents, quitters and thin-skinned wusses with shaky play. Larry Drew didn't start for merely the last 4 games (and still played well off the bench) yet still pouted and took his ball home while letting Papa Drew make the call to Coach Williams to tell him the news. Plus, he quit just before a tough upcoming stretch. I don't see many takers out there for a spoiled brat, a meddling mom and an enabling dad.

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