Marcus Lawrence Left Standing

Marcus Lawrence is the guy who gets his teammates involved - now he's watched as two of his guys made college decisions last week. The Las Vegas point guard is getting close, but he isn't quite there.

One day last week, two of Marcus Lawrence's teammates with the Las Vegas Prospects came off the board. Don't expect the 6-foot, 170-pound Bishop Gorman (Nev.) point guard to be far behind.

Lawrence already took a visit, along with USC-bound Andre McFarland, to Oregon State a few weeks back.

Lawrence is a pass-first floor leader who led the state of Nevada in assists (8 apg) and also scored 15 points per contest as a junior. He does a nice job of keeping his teammates involved while picking his spots to score.

``He's a pure point guard, a throwback point guard," Las Vegas Prospects coach Anthony Brown said. "He'll sacrifice his shot for you to get your shot off. He does all the little things, he'll come up with rebounds against guys 6-7 or 6-8. He always fights and doesn't ever stop."

Lawrence is looking forward to a return engagement to the ABCD Camp this summer, where he got a dose of reality two years ago.

``It was a wake-up call," Lawrence said. "Now I know that if I don't work hard, I feel like someone else is getting better."

Lawrence said that Oregon State, which produced his favorite player, Gary Payton, a few years back, is in the mix for his services. UNLV has always been in the picture while Washington, Gonzaga and Arkansas are all in the mix. Don't count out USC, San Diego State, Arizona State and Minnesota, either.

``I really play attention to what the players say," Lawrence said. "How they talk about the coaches and what they tell me about the program. I also want to see how guys get after it in the gym."

``I'm real close to my mom," he added. "I'm a mama's boy. I admit it. She doesn't care when I go as long as I'm happy."

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