It was only on July 6th that New York Panthers' program director Gary Charles told Scout.com exclusively that St. John's was the team to beat. Apparently, St. John's closed the deal.
Lawrence, a nifty lefty player who can score along the baseline, competed last season for St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx, N.Y. He also considered Miami, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Marquette, Connecticut, and Louisville but was not offered by all of these schools.
St. John's had pressed Lawrence since day one, making him a top priority.
-- Reporter Brian Towey contributed to this story