Kimani Lawrence is from Rhode Island and goes to a prep school in New Hampton, New Hampshire, but he plans to get out of New England when he heads to college next year.
The 6-foot-6 four-star New Hampton (N.H.) small forward let that be known on Tuesday when he released his top five schools on Twitter accompanied by a "Beyond blessed!" message. Lawrence showed that he is ready to take his smooth jumper and make the jump to a different area of the country. Rather than any local teams, Lawrence's list features a diverse cadre of selections around the country from as close as Pittsburgh and as far away as Los Angeles.
Lawrence is the top-ranked small forward in New Hampshire and No. 3 at his position in the East region. He is the No. 11 small forward in the country and rated No. 54 in the Class of 2017 Scout 100.
Lawrence said in the spring he is an "L.A. guy" and liked everything about Los Angeles even though he had never been to Southern California. But he has since changed that. He recently took a trip that had him stopping at two of his top five schools for unofficial visits.
After visiting Arizona State, Lawrence came over for an unofficial visit to USC in the middle of last month. That proved to a worthy trip as Lawrence, who likes the Lakers, got an opportunity to meet and grab a photo with former Trojan and current Laker, Nick Young while checking out some Drew League action:
“It was good,” he told Scout about USC. “I like their coaching staff. Coach [Andy] Enfield, they focus a lot on skill development and the assistant coaches they do a lot of work and training with NBA players. Coach Enfield is a good shooting coach, and they really focus on skill development, so I think that would be big.”
Here's Kimani Lawrence's highlights from Elite Youth Basketball League action this summer:
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