RECRUITING: Jet quick PG high on OU

Columbus (Brookaven HS), Ohio Head Coach Bruce Howard talks about his star guard. Plus, Andrew Lavender names a leader and talks about his interest in the Sooners


Lavender is drawing tremendous reviews as one of the top point guards in the country. Lavender will start for the third year this season at Brookhaven as the teams point guard. As a sophomore Lavender averaged 10 ppg and nine assists per game and as a junior Lavender picked things up at 13 ppg and 11 assists.

Lavender is considered a tremendous ball-handler who can penetrate and dish to open teammates. Lavender went to the NIKE camp in St. Louis this past summer and came out of the camp rated as one of the top point guards in the country. He will go back this summer.

Lavender will also attend the Five Star Camp in Pittsburgh and the USA Hoops Festival at Colorado Springs.

ÏI am leaning to Oklahoma with Ole Miss and Texas as the other schools I am considering at this time,Ó said Lavender. ÏI like OklahomaÌs style of play and the way that Coach Sampson coaches. I like how they keep their poise and how they never give up the whole game. I donÌt think I want to commit early, because I want to take all my visits. I will wait until the summer is over, before I make my decision.Ó

Lavender is a total point and the type of player coaches need to run their team on the floor.

Ï'Drew is a winner, he always been a winner and will always be a winner,Ó said Lavender's coach Bruce Howard. ÏHe wins all kinds of ways. People like playing with 'Drew because he is a total point. We had 180 dunks this past year and that was because of 'Drew. A true mark of a true point guard and a true leader is when the team wants him to have the ball, especially with the game on the line."

"His freshman year he only had 17 turnovers and over 150 turnovers," Howard continued. "He turned the ball over 70 times his junior year, but had over 360 assists. You do the math, but no matter how you figure it that is a great year, when you look at how much 'Drew has the ball in his hands.Ó

LavenderÌs record at Brookhaven is 71-9 during his high school career, with one state title and finishing second in the other. Despite being small Lavender is considered an excellent defender averaging 4.6 steals per game. Lavender has been very active on the AAU circuit since he was seven years old.

He will visit Oklahoma December 5 and he is working on setting a visit with Texas as well.

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