Peach Jam: Andrew Lavender Spotlight

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Andrew Lavender is 5-7 and 150 pounds, but that hasn't stopped him from having a big summer.

The Columbus, Ohio native compiled a number of 30-plus scoring games and double-digit assist totals at events such as the Boo Williams Invitational and the USA Development Festival, and had a strong showing at the Nike Camp.

In his first Peach Jam outing on Sunday morning, he put up 22 points (10-14 FG, 2-5 3pt) and seven assists for All Ohio Red.

"I'm a smart player and a quick player," he said postgame. "I can do whatever the team needs. If it's a close game and they want me to score, I'll score. If they want me to dish off, I can."

Considering his slight stature, the obvious question mark with Lavender is whether or not he'll be physically capable of playing with college guards, and coaches have mentioned this to him.

"Some of the coaches say that, but they are the ones not recruiting me. That doesn't matter to me -- I can play against bigger players," he said confidently.

North Carolina is not actively recruiting him right now, but they have made contact, and UNC assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum scouted Lavender on Sunday morning.

"They've just called a couple of times and sent a couple of letters," Lavender said of the Tar Heels. "That's it – nothing major, so far.

"Right now, I'm still wide open," he said, noting that he was a UNC and Duke fan growing up. "A lot of schools have been calling. Pittsburgh called. North Carolina called. Marquette, Seton Hall, Oklahoma, Rutgers, and a lot of others have called, but I'm still wide open right now."

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