Big Ten Calls Lawson

Matt Painter wanted a frontcourt athlete. Jacob Lawson is one athletic specimen. On Monday, following a visit, Lawson gave his word.

Matt Painter and the Purdue Boilermakers were on the prowl this summer. Their target: frontcourt athleticism. Over the weekend the Boilermakers successfully hosted Oak Ridge (N.C.) Oak Ridge Military power forward Jacob Lawson.

Lawson, who was in school on Monday, confirmed with that he committed to Purdue.

"Ole Miss was very serious and they were at a lot of our games but Purdue, they called, the head coach and they were serious, serious," CP3 coach Tony Edwards said. "They just wanted him to come to campus and that was it."

Lawson is a 6-foot-8 athlete. He's got amazing leaping ability and possesses explosiveness around the hoop. In short, he's what Painter coveted and the Boilermakers strolled into North Carolina and extracted him from ACC country.

"They wanted to be the first team to get him on campus," Oak Ridge coach Stan Kowaleski said. "It's a unique situation. They're a Top Five team and Jacob really liked the guys. Plus, there's an opportunity for minutes there."

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