March 15, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Ben Howland (left) instructs guard Larry Drew II (10) against the Arizona Wildcats during the second half in the semifinal round of the Pac 12 tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. UCLA defeated Arizona 66-64. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat Signs Larry Drew II

The Miami Heat have signed Larry Drew II, the team announced Monday.


Drew, so of Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew, will sign a non-guaranteed deal according to the Miami Herald. He joins other non-guaranteed players Jarvis Varnado, Eric Griffin, Justin Hamilton and Michael Beasley in training camp.

Drew becomes the team’s third point guard behind Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. The Heat explored many options at point guard, including Sebastian Telfair and others, before ultimately deciding to give young Drew a shot, at least in camp.

It is a long-shot that Drew makes the team. Assuming Beasley makes the squad, the Heat have 14 of 15 roster spots filled, meaning the final spot is up for grabs between Varnado, Griffin, Hamilton and Drew.

Drew, who played one season at UCLA after transferring from the University of North Carolina, appeared in 35 games (all starts) for the Bruins as a senior and averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.40 steals and 35.5 minutes while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from three-point range.

He dished out 256 assists, the most during a single-season in school history and the third-most during a single-season in Pac-12 history. He also played 1,243 minutes that season, the fourth-highest mark for a single-season in school history.

Drew was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and was selected to the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team. He led the conference in total assists, assists per game and assist-per-turnover average (2.98).

In his three seasons at UNC, he 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.

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