West Coast Love: UVa After Talented PF Prospect?

Assistant coach Rob Lanier hasn't been the only assistant working the recruiting trail for UVa. Steve Seymour has stepped out of what many felt was his primary hotbed of talent in Pennsylvania and gone 3,000 miles west to check in on a top talent in the "Golden State."

With three scholarships still left in the class of 2006 for the University of Virginia the decisions are starting to come in and the prospect pool has began to shrink. The Hoos were in the mix for a shooting guard who opted to stay closer to home this weekend, but the prime objective of the staff remains to find help in the post area.

With an emphasis on post players the coaching staff has been checking in on players all over the country. One prospect who has been hearing from the Hoos is Vista High School (CA) power forward Kenny Lawson. At 6'8 215 lbs Lawson has seen his stock explode in the past year.

We caught up with the young man recently to see where he stood with his recruitment. "Right now Providence, Creighton, Virginia, Oregon State, Maryland, and San Diego State are the schools on my list. I have offers from Creighton, Oregon State, and a number of other schools that aren't on my list," Lawson told us.

"Coach Seymour has been the primary coach recruiting me for Virginia. They haven't called in a while though." With that said things may be picking up for Lawson when it comes to UVa as a number of post prospects have committed to other various programs. Lawson however didn't seem too worried about the recruiting process. "Everything has really started late for me and there are new schools calling all the time now." As for taking official visits Lawson offered this, "I took one to Creighton already and I'm having one with Oregon State." As for Virginia, "It's possible if they start calling me again."

Lawson played AAU ball with EBO/EA Sports and the team won a number of tourneys this summer. Some of Lawson's teammates were the Stanford-bound Lopez twins (Brooke & Robin). Some would say playing with the twins would hamper his stock with less playing time but it really gave him the opportunity to showcase what he could do.

"I'm looking for a place where I can go in and not necessarily start or get big minutes but I don't want to redshirt either. Somewhere with good academic support and a decent basketball program. Just somewhere I can fit in."

When asked what areas of he game he felt the most comfortable with he responded, "I can go inside and outside offensively plus I have a good midrange jumper. Most of the schools are recruiting me as a power forward."

"As for this upcoming season I would like to try and get into the McDonald's All American game but we'll see."

Virginia's need for help on the frontline continues to be a point of urgency and with the dwindling numbers of solid prospects available we expect the UVa staff to pursue Lawson and the rest of the top talent available on the recruiting front. "I have no clue really as to when I may decide. Like I said before it all started so late for me and there's a lot of new schools calling me everyday."

HooNation.com will continue to track the recruitment of Kenny Lawson to see if the Hoos indeed step up their level of interest and come forth with an offer to the talented Cali youngster.

Interesting fact about Kenny Lawson: "I really like players like Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki. They can do it all. Inside and outside there's no real weaknesses for them."

Video Footage of UVa Prospect PF Kenny Lawson (Click Link Below)

Kenny Lawson at Pangos


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