Prep School Countdown: No. 24 Lawrence Academy

With Richard Roby and Sylvester Seay in the mix, these guys should be tough to handle. But it'll come down to depth for Kevin Wiercinski's squad.

We're unveiling the most extensive and only prep school poll of its kind and we'll take a look at Lawrence Academy (Mass.), which checks in at No. 24.

These guys are fairly unknown as a group on the national scene, but a couple of them have developed high profiles during the summer.

It all starts with San Bernadino, Calif., native Richard Roby, the half-brother of New Jersey Nets forward Kenyon Martin. Roby (6-5, 185) doesn't have blazing speed, but he can flat-out shoot it from the perimeter and has already committed to Colorado.

Roby's best friend, 6-9, 205-pound forward Sylvester Seay, gives the team one of the most athletic big guys in the country. Seay's uncle played in the NFL and Sylvester is a pretty good wide receiver as well, but his future will likely be on the hardwood and he'll also be re-classified to the Class of 2005.

``They've been playing together for four years so they are a heck of a tandem," Lawrence coach Kevin Wiercinski said. "Sly is key for us because when he plays well, he can carry us."

Wiercinski will also have 6-5, 190-pound senior wing Matt Smith to take the pressure off the California duo. Smith is a smart player from Littleton, Mass., who should be a low-major D-1 player.

Junior Kevin Ryan (5-10, 175) will hopefully give the team what it was lacking a year ago: A true point guard that makes sure Roby and Seay get easy looks.

The final starting spot will likely go to 5-10, 170-pound junior wing Chris Leon while 6-4, 210-point senior forward Trip Botsford and 5-11, 190-pound senior wing Will May should be the top reserves coming off the bench.

``I think on the offensive end, we can probably not practice and still score our share of points," Wiercinski added. ``But I worry if we're passionate enough on the defensive end. If they ever get that, we'll be real good again."

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