Former UCLA standout point guard Larry Drew II has signed with the Heat, the team announced on Monday.
Drew II, who is the son of Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew, will join Eric Griffin, Justin Hamilton, Michael Beasley and Jarvis Varnado in training camp as players with non-guaranteed deals. Camp begins on Oct. 1.
As the third point guard on a training-camp roster that also includes LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Drew is considered a long shot to make the team. If you include Beasley, 14 of the Heat's 15 opening-night roster spots already are filled. The Heat could sign a 15th player or could enter the regular season with just 14 players.
Drew played one season at UCLA after transferring from the University of North Carolina. After sitting out a season, he started 35 games for the Bruins as a senior and averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from three-point range. He also averaged 1.40 steals per game.
He had 256 assists in his lone season with the Bruins. It was the most during a single-season in school history and the third-most during a single-season in Pac-12 history. Drew also played 1,243 minutes with UCLA, which stands as the fourth-highest mark for a single-season in school history. He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and was selected to the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team. He led the Pac-12 in total assists, assists per game and assist-per-turnover average (2.98).
In his three seasons at UNC, Drew finished with 378 assists, the 17th-most in school history. He earned the Tar Heel’s Defensive Player of the Game award four times during his junior season and appeared in 38 games as a freshman during the school’s 2009 championship season.