Kinnard's Stock Is On The Rise

He averaged slightly less than 10 points a game as a junior in Memphis. Not exactly eye-popping numbers but Lawrence Kinnard is about to break through into the Top 100.

Memphis (Tenn.) Raleigh Egypt is home to one of the hottest spring risers in the country. Lawrence Kinnard, a 6-foot-7 small forward, used the Tournament of Champions as a spring board to shoot his way into national prominence.

Never heard of him? Don't be too hard on yourself. Last year he averaged just 9.8 points a game. Why? "In high school I play the four and the five," Kinnard said. "In AAU, I can step out on the perimeter."

Playing on the perimeter is not a problem for Kinnard. He's very athletic, makes 3-pointers and moves around enough to be a very good rebounder. This is a young man with Top 100 talent and Top 50 potential. You can expect big things from him in the summer.

Amazingly, only Middle Tennessee, UAB and Mississippi did school visits with him during the period. However, Memphis, UAB and Ole Miss want him.

Kinnard said that plenty of schools have been in touch with either his high school or AAU coach since the Tournament of Champions. Among the interested parties or schools that have called have been Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida State, Texas, Illinois and Cincinnati.

Kinnard isn't phased; at least not yet. "I'm just trying to push my game up to the highest level now so I can be seen more since we're going more places."

What's his dream school? "It was Kansas and they sent me a letter last week."

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