Omari Lawrence, a 6-foot-4 Top 100 player and New York native, committed to Norm Roberts on Thursday. "The reason why I committed there was it was in the Big East, it's close to home and I have a relationship with Justin Burrell and he was giving me insights," Lawrence told Scout.com.
The Red Storm is positioning themselves to put together a mini-haul in the city. There's been a buzz around town this week. Two staff additions – local guys with ties to traveling team programs – have given the program a dose of recruiting attention and momentum. In addition to Lawrence (now enrolled at South Kent), Roberts is pursuing Lance Stephenson and Durand Scott from the senior class.
"Everybody thinks I'm trying to help with Kevin Parrom or Durand Scott," Lawrence said. "Those guys have to make up their own minds. If they want to come in and play with me that's what they're going to do. It might happen. Since I started talking about St. John's, Lance, Tobias Harris came up. A lot of New York kids have come up to the school."
As far a Lawrence goes, he could moonlight up to three positions. Currently, Scout.com lists him as the No. 18 small forward in the class.
"They see me as a combo guard, a one or a two. They're trying to develop me for the next level."