Lawrence Headed To The Big

Matt Lawrence, a guard out of Missouri, made a commitment on Tuesday. Lawrence will play in the Big 12.

On Tuesday afternoon, Matt Lawrence of Ballwin (Mo.) Lafayette, committed to Quin Snyder's Missouri Tigers. Lawrence is a 6-foot-6 guard known primarily for his shooting. He averaged 16.4 points and shot 84% from the free throw line as a junior.

"His strength is that he's just a very skilled player," Lafayette coach Dave Porter said. "He understands the game. He can put the ball on the floor and passes it well. He's an exceptional shooter."

In recent weeks, Lawrence has camped at Illinois, Stanford and most recently Missouri. On the second day of camp in Columbia, Lawrence injured his ankle. At that point, Snyder and his staff had seen enough to make him a priority.

"He's just a complete offensive player with a lot of room for improvement," Porter said. "As he gets stronger it'll allow him to be better in all phases of the game."

Lawrence had an outstanding state tournament as he scored 21 and 25 points in his team's two games in Columbia.

In other Missouri news, Snyder recently rounded out his staff with former Texas A&M head coach Melvin Watkins and Butler assistant Jeff Meyer.

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