Forward Kimani Lawrence has put up some big numbers in the EYBL. Playing with Expressions, Lawrence is averaging 15.2 points and 6.2 rebounds every game. With that impressive play new offers keep coming in, and his recruitment continues to expand.
“We are struggling some as a team right now, but we are trying to get through some adversity,” said Lawrence of the spring. “I think individually I am playing pretty well. I am trying to be more aggressive and more consistent with my motor.”
Recruiting wise Lawrence has offers from Creighton, USC, Xavier, Texas, and Florida along with interest from Marquette, Pittsburgh, and several other programs.
One of the most recent schools to step up and offer was USC. The Trojans evaluated Lawrence thoroughly during the month of April, and came away impressed with what they saw.
“It was a big time offer for me,” said Lawrence. “One of the guys that I model my game after is DeMar DeRozan. Also I like the West Coast, and the area around there is really nice. I also had the chance to watch them play Providence, and I liked their style of play a lot.”
Another school that recently offered is Texas, the Longhorns feel that Lawrence could fit in well with what they like to do.
“I like them a lot,” said Lawrence of the Longhorns. “Coach (Shaka) Smart and the whole coaching staff has been great. They think that I am a player who can play at the next level, and that I would fit really well into their system.”
At this point Marquette is a school that hasn’t offered Lawrence, but it is a program that has definitely grabbed his attention.
“They haven’t offered, but I have been talking to the Marquette coaching staff a lot,” Lawrence explained. “I like Dwyane Wade, and the way they talk they come off as a staff that cares about me beyond basketball.”
Currently Lawrence really hasn’t had a chance to make many college visits, but he hopes to get a few set up in the near future.
“I am planning on visiting Xavier, Creighton, and possibly Pitt for unofficials, but I haven’t set any dates for those,” noted Lawrence.