2003 Spotlight: Andrew Lavender

The popular saying, "Good things come in small packages" is applicable here. 5-7 junior Andrew Lavender is helping lead Columbus (OH) Brookhaven to a very successful season.

Lavender Already Has Offers

Andrew Lavender is making waves in Ohio. The toast of the state definitely is LeBron James, but Lavender is proving worthy of serious recruiting attention.

"He played real well," coach Bruce Howard said. "He's averaging a triple-double; 12 points and 11.5 assists. He doesn't score as much but we get a lot of dunks." That sounds a lot like the style of game Texas freshman TJ Ford played in high school. "He's a tough kid and a gamer."

Last week, Brookhaven knocked off Midwest City and Shelden Williams.

Lavender might be 5-7 but that hasn't stopped some top programs from not only recruiting him but also making early offers. According to his high school coach, Ohio State, Seton Hall and Cincinnati have made scholarship overtures. So have most of the MAC schools in the area. Mississippi and Clemson like him too.

"He has schools in almost every conference on this side of the country," Howard said. "He's just a junior. We don't really get into (recruiting) and we are focusing on our high school season. We go to visit but we try to teach our kids to make an educated decision by watching practices and talking to kids."

Lavender is what we would call a throwback by today's recruiting standards. In the evolving recruiting process, it's almost the exception rather than the rule that kids take all of their visits. "He wants to do everything that he worked for," Howard said. "He wants to make all of his visits."

Lavender attended the Nike Camp last July but it was later in the month where he did most of his damage. "He really blew up this past summer at the 71-and under AAU nationals when he averaged 23 points a game," Howard said.

Brookhaven junior small forward Brandon Foust is also commanding attention. He's shooting 77% from the floor. "He's very aggressive," Howard said. "He had a couple of nice dunks against Midwest City."

Howard says Lavender and Foust are best friends and if at all possible, would like to continue playing with each other on the collegiate level. "Pretty much the same schools that like Drew like Brandon." In fact, Seton Hall and Cincinnati have offered Foust as well. He's averaging 10 points a game.

  • Bowling Green swingman Ron Lewis is leading the team in scoring.
  • Sophomore Denzen Lyles recently had 20 points for Brookhaven. He's a 6-1 shooting guard.
  • Howard is also beginning to really use freshman Jamelle Cornley, a 6-5, 210 pound power forward.

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