August 31, 2012
Where are they Now: Larry Drew
Before Larry Drew rose to the top of his profession, he needed to start somewhere.
Before he could play 10 seasons in the NBA, before he could earn a head-coaching job in the same league, before he could lead the Atlanta Hawks to two playoff appearances, his story began in Columbia, Mo., where he remains the only Missouri point guard to lead his team in assists for three straight seasons.
Thirty-two years have passed since Drew's college career ended with a Sweet 16 loss to top-seeded LSU in 1980. Since the Detroit Pistons drafted him, Drew has played and coached at eight different pro organizations, cementing himself as a productive NBA guard and a rising star on the sidelines.
His legacy is not Missouri. Not to fans of the Atlanta Hawks or anyone who watched him play as a pro, at least.
Ask Larry Drew himself, though, and he'll give you a different answer.
"I reflect back on my time at Missouri, and I think, 'How did I end up being here today?' I think I owe a lot to Norm Stewart," Drew said in a telephone interview from Atlanta. "I really believe he molded me into the man I am today."
It does not take much for Drew to begin reminiscing about his career under Stewart. There are too many career highlights to count.
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