Prized 2013 recruit Jermaine Lawrence has trimmed his list of potential college choices, according to a source, and UNLV is among the final three, along with Cincinnati and St. John’s.
A source in the Lawrence camp confirmed to RunRebs that he has removed Syracuse from his list of finalists and does not plan to visit the school. He’s already visited UNLV and Cincinnati, and he plans to make a trip to St. John’s in the near future.
A 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward from Pope John XXIII (N.J.), Lawrence is currently No. 21 in the Rivals Class of 2013 rankings. A wrist injury has kept him from playing so far this season, but he averaged 18.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.3 blocks per game as a junior. He hurt the wrist over the summer when he banged it on the rim while dunking, and he underwent surgery in October.
Lawrence has the size and skill to play either forward position, and his athleticism would make him a dangerous open-court weapon in UNLV’s fast-paced attack. He could be an instant contributor as a freshman, and with Anthony Bennett and Mike Moser likely gone to the NBA next year, there should be plenty of minutes available in the frontcourt in 2013-14.
His official visit to UNLV came in November, and he was hosted by good friend and former AAU teammate Savon Goodman. Lawrence was able to take in a pair of games at the Thomas and Mack Center.
There is no timetable for Lawrence’s college decision right now, but it could come anytime after his St. John’s visit.
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