Another Level -- Another Challenge To Be Met

Reporter Mike Sullivan continues his weekly new feature, checking in on some of the top players in the area as they begin their new lives, residing on a college campus ...

It's a new beginning for Omari Lawrence, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard who played last season at South Kent in Connecticut and previously at St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx, New York. Fresh off a terrific season as a high school player, this past Monday, Omari started a new life and is now faced with many new challenges.

Lawrence is now officially part of the St. John's community and a member of the Red Storm basketball program under head coach Norm Roberts. "I'm excited about it and am looking forward to getting myself ready to help the team out," said Lawrence.

Omari's ability to score will be tested throughout the upcoming Big East schedule. He has always done a nice job utilizing the baseline as a security blanket to score against the bigger bodies near th rim. The Big East is a physical league and Lawrence realizes it is going to be a task.

But he doesn't lack confidence. Most New York City basketball players rarely do in this category. His game is more diversified though if one area of his offensive skills are shut down.

He's shown the skills to knock down the jumper and make sure his defender is honest when playing him outside.


A swift moving lefty guard, Lawrence can dazzle you with moves along the baseline and produces points in bunches. He can score points from many places on the court and has the ability to deliver baskets against the bigger bodies near the rim.


"I feel St. John's is the best place for me. I'll have the opportunity. I'll work hard and hopefully we can win a lot of games."

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