Lawrence Picks Up New Offer

Omari Lawrence is off to a great start to the season and on Monday he kept up his great play in front of a big T.V. audience. Shortly after the game his recruitment picked up.

Although Kevin Parrom is getting a lot of attention after his big performance for St. Raymond, Omari Lawrence deserves some credit too, as the 6-foot-3 guard went for 23 points in the win.

"Omari is a great athlete and a multi-purpose guy," St. Raymond coach Oliver Antigua said. "I think he can play a lot of positions. We even had him running the point a little [against Taft] when they zoned because Darryl [Bryant] was struggling from the field."

"He's really improving his shot and he's worked on his defense, the St. Ray's coach continued. "I think he can play the one, two and three in college."

Shortly after the 15-point win over Taft, Lawrence picked up a new scholarship offer from a Pac-10 team.

"Omari just got an offer from Arizona today," St. Raymond head coach Oliver Antigua said. "Coach O'Neill gave me a call on the phone. He saw the game and he was excited about what he saw."

Arizona now joins Pittsburgh, Xavier and St. John's as schools that have offered the athletic wing. He's also received interest from West Virginia, Auburn, Georgetown, Memphis and N.C. State.

"I think in the spring we are going to set some [visits] up," Antigua said. "Once the high school season ends I think we'll really speed it up. Right now we are just focused on trying to win a state championship and getting to the playoffs."

Lawrence leads St. Raymond, who is 9-3 on the the season, in steals and blocks. He also averages 19 points per contest.

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