Basketball Season Opener Thurs Night Vs Eazy Bond

It's that time of the year again, as the weather get's colder, and it gets dark at 5PM, that can only mean one thing! Spartan Hoops! Thursday at 7PM at the Events Center on the San Jose State campus. Be There! (Analysis Inside)

Spartan Hoops Fans!

It's that time of the year again, as the weather get's colder, and it gets dark at 5PM, that can only mean one thing!

It's time to load up the caravan and make the drive to the Events Center on campus for some Gordon Biersh brews, and some popcorn for the lil ones, and get ready for some good old fashioned WAC hoops. (Courtesey of your San Jose State Spartans).

Pluses for this year:

Antonio Lawrence was a recruiting coup for the Spartans. The Florida native was the final big-name recruit to sign with a school, and opted to stay in California.

He'll likely be given free rein to create scoring chances.

He'll join Iowa State transfer Brandon Hawkins and JC transfer Keith West in a very talented backcourt.

Minuses for this year:

The team's frontcourt was decimated by graduation and the tragic death of sophomore James Jenkins in a hiking accident this offseason.

Transfers Eric Walton and Brett Lilly could be immediately inserted into the lineup.

Parting shot:

Phil Johnson's recruiting class could lead to a ticket out of the cellar.

If the new frontcourt holds its own, the pieces are in place for immediate improvement and a gradual rise toward the top in the years to come.

Now some "old news" to get the juices flowing prior to this thursday nights game versus "Eazy Bond" at the Event Center @ 7:00 PM.

The biggest news to hit the SJSU hard floor, is that returning coach, Phil Hohnson, has recruited Antonio Lawrence, a widely regarded top 100 boys high school basketball player!

The announcement was made by Phil Johnson, the Spartans' men's basketball head coach a few months back.

Lawrence is graduating from San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, Calif. A 6-foot-4 forward on the basketball team coached by Wil Hooker, he averaged 24.6 points a game last season. The Fresno Bee named him the area's 2002 "Player of the Year."

He was a 2001 Street & Smith's high honorable mention preseason All-American and was rated among the top boys basketball players by (#64), (#53), and (#26).

A former resident of Jacksonville, Fla., he also attended Wolfson and Jackson High Schools before moving to California. While at Jackson, The Sporting News ranked him as the #8 junior nationally. Between his junior and senior years, he participated in the ABCD All-Star Game in Teaneck, N.J., and was named the game's "Most Valuable Player."

"Two things I like about Antonio are his ability and his strong desire to become a good player," says the San Jose State coach.

Lawrence is the first player to accept a scholarship offer and sign a National Letter-of-Intent since Johnson returned to San Jose State as the school's men's basketball coach.

See ya'll at the Events Center this thursday night!

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