For the last time, Larry Drew isn't transferring

North Carolina point guard Larry Drew II has said it once, said it twice, and today the sophomore is using a press release -- the team's version of a bully pulpit -- to try to end rumors that he is transferring.

Here's his 179-word statement:

"Last week when we were in New York for the NIT, several reporters from North Carolina asked me about transferring after the season. I said that I would always be a Tar Heel. I thought my answer would end the speculation, but my teammates, family, coaches and I continue to be asked about me transferring.

"I want to again confirm that I am not transferring anywhere. I eagerly look forward to preparing for next season and competing with my Carolina teammates as we hope to improve on our play from this past season. I have my own basketball dreams and I know I have to work hard this summer to reach them and help Carolina reach our team goals.

"I've been asked about these rumors since the day we won at Wake Forest in February and I really want to put all this stuff to rest. I am a Tar Heel and will continue to learn from Coach Williams and his staff to become a more effective player and leader and help us have a great season in 2011."

A Southern California native, Drew has struggled at times this season quarterbacking a Tar Heels team coming off a national championship that ended up going 5-11 in the ACC.

He played better during a run to the NIT title game and is now "reaffirming" his return to the team.

But the best statements he can probably make to the doubters are the ones that will come on the court next year alongside UNC teammates who'll have plenty to prove.