Tigers Add Jersey Scorer

The Missouri Tigers have their second commitment from the Class of 2006. Recently, Quin Snyder's bunch accepted a commitment from a high scorer out of Jersey.

Derrick Butler, the head coach at Newark (N.J.) Weequahic, says his star guard was drawn to Missouri through the television.

"He's always followed college basketball," Butler said. "He was interested in Missouri from watching TV. We sat down to watch some games, Missouri was on TV. He felt he was better than Missouri's point guard. He thought it was somewhere he could play."

And folks, the rest is history. Butler said that Keon Lawrence, his 6-foot-1 scorer, made contact with the Tigers and the recruitment began.

"He went down to the camp down there and when he came back he said that he liked the kids from all around," Butler said. "It was his first time going to the camp with that caliber of player."

Lawrence has a serious reputation as a scorer in the state of New Jersey. Butler said that he led his county in scoring the past two seasons and goes over 30 routinely.

"He has range. He can hit four or five 3-points consecutive. He dunks with two hands. He had some games with triple doubles."

Butler said that schools like Marquette, Rutgers, Villanova, Seton Hall and Texas have called to inquire about him but it was Missouri and assistant Melvin Watkins that was most diligent.

Lawrence runs with Sandy Pyonin's New Jersey Roadrunners on the summer circuit.


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