2013 big man blowing up

With the 2012 AAU season now in full swing, it would be extremely difficult to find a hotter prospect on the circuit than Jermaine Lawrence. An ultra-athletic, 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward from Sparta (NJ) Pope John XXIII, Lawrence absolutely blew up during the spring evaluation period and an already impressive list of suitors has become even more so.

Here's what Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow had to say about his performance in late April, at the Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest:

"It was tough to come away with any other conclusion than Jermaine Lawrence has the ability to be a future pro. He has the prototypical size, athleticism and skill of a big-time college contributor. His three-point shooting is impressive, but he never settles for the jumper which is the best thing about him. Add in that he is consistently playing hard, and Lawrence will make a jump into the Top 100. The question is simply how high he will be rated."

One of the schools to join the hunt for him recently is the University of Kansas. Immediately after Norm Roberts re-joined Head Coach Bill Self's staff, he made contact with Lawrence to let him know he - and the Jayhawks - were interested.

After Head Coach Bill Self saw him in action, it didn't take long for an offer to come down.

Right now, Lawrence is approaching the recruiting process with open arms, as the offers and interest continue to pour in.

"There's clearly excitement there, because this is special," said family friend Alexis Hargrove. "It's not something that a lot of other student athletes are accustomed to. It's not the norm."

"The list is long, but I think what I sense is that he's really grateful for the offers and the interest that he's receiving," she added.

Lawrence currently holds offers from the likes of Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Rutgers and Seton Hall, as well as interest from programs the caliber of Baylor and Syracuse with more coming in every day.

However, it seems as if the offer from the Jayhawks did make an impression on him.

"We're wide open and we're definitely looking to visit," Hargrove said. "(Kansas is) something that you have to go see and get a feel for what's going on."

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