Former UCLA Guard Larry Drew II Makes NBA Debut
Former UCLA guard Larry Drew II signed a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday and made his NBA debut that evening, becoming the 16th Bruin to have played in the NBA this season.
Drew II, who excelled as the Bruins’ starting point guard as a senior in 2012-13, finished with five points and one assist in 13 minutes of action as Philadelphia defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 96-81, on Friday night.
An All-Pac-12 Team selection in 2013, Drew II averaged 7.5 points and 7.3 assists per game for UCLA during his senior season, transferring to the Bruins’ program from North Carolina midway through his junior season (2010-11). He established UCLA’s single-season assists record (256), the third-highest total on the Pac-12’s single-season assists list.
Drew II’s leadership that season helped UCLA post a 25-10 record, securing the Pac-12 regular-season crown and a runner-up finish in the Pac-12 Tournament before advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Drew II graduated from UCLA in June 2013 and spent training camp and the preseason with the Miami Heat that year.
The former standout at Taft High School (Woodland Hills, Calif.) has played in the NBA Development League the last two seasons. Most recently, Drew II had averaged 11.0 points, 10.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 37.5 minutes per game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
In the summer of 2014, Drew II competed for the Miami Heat’s Summer League squad and was again brought in for training camp and preseason, only to be waived before the start of the regular season.
Last season, Drew II played in 41 NBA D-League games for Sioux Falls, averaging 11.4 points, 7.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 35.5 minutes per game.