Korita a shooter with aspirations

College coaches bemoan more and more the absence of legitimate three-point marksmen, and that’s precisely the niche Lawson Korita intends to fill at the next level.

The Arkansas Wings feature Malik Monk and other established high-major prospects, and Lawson Korita hopes to join them. The 6-4 shooting guard at Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski does one thing very well — knock down threeballs — and that’s the best area a player his size can specialize.

Korita doesn’t possess a lightning quick release and he does shoot better with his feet set and on balance, but in college those looks avail themselves due to the necessity of structure within the halfcourt offense. He projects as a weapon shooting off screens, spotting up in secondary break and certainly should be a factor whenever an opponent employs a zone defense.

Meanwhile, Korita also possesses admirable strength, which helps him compensate for average overall athleticism. He likely won’t be much of a one-on-one shot creator nor a prime finisher, but as long as he drills his open threes, his playing time should be significant.

The big question for him this spring is whether he can entice offers from the various high-major programs on his list, including Arkansas, Wichita State, Mississippi, Wake Forest and Memphis, among others. He’ll compete on the EYBL circuit with the Wings and therefore won’t lack for exposure, as perhaps even some of the schools chasing Monk will choose to recruit Korita as a category filler.

For the moment, he understands that his play this spring and summer will determine exactly how many offers he can attract.

”I’m working on my ballhandling and trying to get in shape more,” Korita said. “I’m focusing on being more than just a shooter.”

For those reasons, Korita intends to be patient with the recruiting process. He will stride confidently into the open period hoping to impress coaches with his style of play.

”I’m taking my time with it,” he said. “I’m not hurrying, just working on my game and trying to improve.”

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