Miami Heat signs point guard Larry Drew II


The Heat on Monday signed former UCLA point guard Larry Drew II, considered a long-shot to make the 15-man roster.

UCLA guard Larry Drew II answers questions during media day in Los Angeles, Wed., Oct. 10, 2012.
UCLA guard Larry Drew II answers questions during media day in Los Angeles, Wed., Oct. 10, 2012.
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Former UCLA standout point guard Larry Drew II signed with the Heat, the team announced Monday.

Drew, 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 nonguaranteed deals.

Camp begins 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. Including 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.

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.

• SI.com’s NBA blog, “The Point Forward,” concluded its list of the Top 100 players entering the 2013-14 season on Monday and named James the NBA’s best player. The blog listed Wade eighth best, ahead of Kobe Bryant (ninth) and Carmelo Anthony (10th). Chris Bosh came in at 17th.

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