Panthers Make Lawrence a Priority

Omari Lawrence, who is ranked No. 43 overall by, put together a solid spring, but now the focus turns to taking unofficial visits. Lawrence has connections to the Panthers program and it seems as though Jamie Dixon and his staff have made him a priority.

The spring was certainly beneficial for Omari Lawrence, of Bronx (N.Y.) St. Raymond. Despite not making going as deep in the tournaments as Lawrence would have liked, he¹s managed to get his name out there.

"The spring went real well," the 6-foot-4 wing said. "We haven¹t won any tournaments, but we are doing OK and coming out of pool play. Me personally, I'm picking up more schools and exposure."

Playing with the New York Panthers this spring, Lawrence showed terrific energy and a knack for getting deflections and blocked shots. The class of 2009 prospect is also an above average athlete, with an improving jump shot.

"I'm a great driver," he said. "I can do a lot of things. I'm a good passer, I'm a good rebounder and I play defense. I'm a pretty good shooter too. Last year, I shot 45-percent from the three point line not many people know that."

With AAU ball dying down for most of June, Lawrence is planning to spend some time thinking about his recruitment. Among the schools that have offered the talented wing are UConn, Memphis, Arizona, Xavier, Clemson, Pittsburgh and Marquette.

"I think it¹s going well," he said of his recruitment. "A lot of schools have offered and have a lot of interest in me. I'm just waiting to see which is going to be the best opportunity for me.

"Right now I'm still wide open," Lawrence continued. "I think I'm going to try and decide after camps. I¹m going to narrow it down and evaluate from there."

Pittsburgh is among the schools that have made Lawrence a priority, and there's a deep connection between the two. Lawrence's high school coach, Oliver Antigua, is the brother of current Pitt assistant Orlando Antigua.

"They are coming at me real hard because of my coach and the whole connection," Lawrence said.

Lawrence, who is ranked No. 12 at the shooting guard spot, is planning to take unofficial visits to Virginia, Marquette and Clemson in the next two weeks.

His next event on the circuit will be the Rumble in the Bronx in mid-June.

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