2013 Intro: Jermaine Lawrence

New York City basketball junkies are beginning to really like the potential of 2013 forward Jermaine Lawrence who has a trio of offers.

The buzz coming from New York City is that Jermaine Lawrence has the potential to be a very good one. A 6-foot-8 and 185 pound sophomore, Lawrence is making an impact at Bayside (NY) Cardozo High School, and now the college attention is flowing in.

So far this season Lawrence has been a key cog in the Cardozo attack. He is averaging 11.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the floor. And above all, Lawrence is just scratching the surface of his potential.

While the production is clearly solid now during the season, according to Cardozo assistant coach Wendell Jordan, they saw the potential in Lawrence this summer.

"Coach (Ron) Naclero said in his 30 years he has never had a player score 45 points in IS8, and Jermaine did that this past summer," said Jordan.

"He is only 15 and already is slightly over 6-foot-8," noted Jordan. "He doesn't have great guard skills yet, but he can get from point A to point B with his handle and he has developed a really nice jump shot. Also he has a good post game and as a sophomore his upside is incredible with continued hard work."

With that nice production and high upside, college coaches are taking notice of Lawrence and have made sure to drop by Cardozo to check out his progress.

"He has been offered by Fordham, Louisville, and Virginia Tech," said Jordan. "Also Georgia Tech has seen him, Xavier likes him, St. John's has stopped by, and Rutgers has also stopped by."

It is still very early for Lawrence with college programs, but Jordan says they are already helping him to understand what he should be paying attention to with the interested programs.

"The top priority for him will be a good education and the type of system they run and if it fits him," Jordan explained. "As far as his recruitment is concerned he needs to focus on the schools that really want him. Not a school that just offers a scholarship and then he never really hears from them."


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