NBPA Camp: Jermaine Lawrence Spotlight

Five-star forward Jermaine Lawrence is at the center of a major recruiting battle.

No one had a better April than Jermaine Lawrence. While the 6-foot-9 forward wasn't an unknown coming into the evaluation period, he also wasn't on too many radars. Now he is considered one of the best prospects in the country and his phone is ringing off the hook.

For Lawrence he was injured much of the NBPA Top 100 Camp, and that was a disappointment for him, but still he managed to gain a lot of knowledge during his time in Virginia.

"It has been good," said Lawrence during the camp. "It is probably one of the best camps in the world. The NBA Players really get involved with us about life situations and stuff like that."

Coming into April many coaches had Lawrence circled as a name to watch, since then he says it has been crazy.

"Since April it has been hectic," said Lawrence. "College coaches are calling me and stuff. I am just trying to get through this and learn to enjoy the process."

There is no shortage of schools after Lawrence. In fact the interest spreads from East to West for the talented forward.

"Rutgers, Cincinnati, Baylor, Maryland, Syracuse, UNLV, St. John's, Kansas, and some others," said Lawrence of the schools recruiting him.

One school that was front and center for many of Lawrence's games in April was Rutgers, and Lawrence says he is building a good relationship with them.

"Their coaches were at a lot of my games during April," said Lawrence. "Also I have seen the campus and I liked what I saw, but I haven't seen the whole campus. Hopefully I can get there later this month."

Also the Syracuse Orange have style of play that Lawrence feels he fits in with to go along with the good job of recruiting him that they have done.

"I like them because they use their power forwards well," said Lawrence. "Also they have been recruiting me since I was a freshman. We have built a good relationship."

When it comes to Cincinnati, assistant coach Darren Savino has made sure to let Lawrence know he is a priority for them.

"They've been on me for a while now, since sophomore year," explained Lawrence. "We have a good bond and Coach Savino came to a lot of my games."

For now Lawrence has no timeline for a decision, and has tentative trips planned to visit Rutgers as well as UNLV.

When it comes time for the five-star forward to make a decision, comfort will be the key.

"I just have to be comfortable with the coaching staff," said Lawrence. "Also I want to feel comfortable with the campus and just everything about the school."

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