Lawrence Is Wide Open; Plans Visits

Omari Lawrence, who is ranked No. 43 overall by Scout.com, put together a solid spring, but now the focus turns to taking unofficial visits.

The spring was certainly beneficial for Omari Lawrence, of Bronx (N.Y.) St. Raymond. Despite not playing deep into tournaments, he managed to build his name.

"The spring went real well," the 6-foot-4 wing said. "We haven't won any tournaments, but we are doing OK and coming out of pool play. Me personally I'm picking up more schools and exposure."

Playing with the New York Panthers this spring, Lawrence showed terrific energy and a knack for getting deflections and blocked shots. The class of 2009 prospect is also an above average athlete, with an improving jump shot.

"I'm a great driver," he said. "I can do a lot of things. I'm a good passer, I'm a good rebounder and I play defense. I'm a pretty good shooter too. Last year I shot 45-percent from the three point line not many people know that."

With AAU ball dying down for most of June, Lawrence is planning to spend some time thinking about his recruitment. Among the schools that have offered the talented wing are UConn, Memphis, Arizona, Xavier, Clemson, Pittsburgh and Marquette.

"I think it's going well," he said of his recruitment. "A lot of schools have offered and have a lot of interest in me. I'm just waiting to see which is going to be the best opportunity for me."

"Right now I'm still wide open," Lawrence continued. "I think I'm going to try and decide after camps. I'm going to narrow it down and evaluate from there."

Lawrence, who is ranked No. 12 at the shooting guard spot, is planning to take unofficial visits to Virginia, Marquette and Clemson in the next two weeks.

His next event on the circuit will be the Rumble in the Bronx in mid-June.


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