North Carolina Tarheels: Leaving Chapel Hill Could Be Destructive For Larry Drew

Gary SuggContributor IIFebruary 4, 2011

DURHAM, NC - MARCH 06:  Larry Drew II #11 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts to a call against during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 6, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Larry Drew II has decided to leave the Tarheel basketball team in Chapel Hill. 

Roy Williams received a phone call from Larry Drew Sr. Friday morning informing him of his son's decision to disassociate himself with the North Carolina program. 

The only statement from Larry Drew II was simply, "it's in my best interest to continue my education and basketball career elsewhere". 

Just as shocked as anyone, Roy Williams exclaimed in a news conference that he was completely blindsided by the decision.

Throughout Drew's career with the Tarheels, he has been criticized by the majority of the baby blue faithful. 

In the 2009-10 season, Drew took over for current Denver Nuggets player Ty Lawson as the starting point guard of the team.

Even though Drew was not ready to lead a team through such high competition, he did so with courage and perseverance, playing his best, game in and game out, and improving his skills and awareness throughout the season.

This season, even though Drew has been playing the best basketball of his career, freshman Kendall Marshall has come into Chapel Hill playing even better. 

A seemingly unexpected star player, Marshall has been proving himself this season,  undoubtedly outplaying Drew in the guard position, and as it works in this business, only the best will play.

Drew was still contributing greatly through his season in Chapel Hill including adding in nine assists in the 'Heels last game against Boston College. He was without a doubt still a contributor on this team. However, Drew feels as if his talents could be used somewhere else.  

What is next for Larry Drew II?

He is certainly not ready for the NBA.

If he is looking to transfer to another Division I basketball program, he would be forced to sit out a year, leaving him only one year of NCAA eligibility. 

This looks to be a simple case of immaturity.

If you are looking to become an outright starter in this game, don't go to North Carolina. 

It has been proven time and time again that even if you are playing your best basketball, your starting position is never safe in this program.

Teams with prestige, like North Carolina, always have competition and it seems as though Drew can't accept not being on top.