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Jermaine Lawrence commits!

Posted: 2/3/2013 12:32 PM

Jermaine Lawrence commits! 

Jermaine Lawrence committed to UC today on his 18th birthday. He shows his Bearcat birthday cake on his twitter. (I hope Gale Catlett did not give it to him, you have to be an old timer like me to understand this.)
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Posted: 2/3/2013 12:38 PM

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What a get for Cronin! Definitely the biggest one in his tenure! Man I'm pumped.
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Posted: 2/3/2013 1:01 PM

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--- ronbcat wrote:

Jermaine Lawrence committed to UC today on his 18th birthday. He shows his Bearcat birthday cake on his twitter. (I hope Gale Catlett did not give it to him, you have to be an old timer like me to understand this.)


Oh, I get it completely!

HUGE commit for Coach Cronin and UC.
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Posted: 2/3/2013 1:23 PM

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Dude's a BEAST! Possibly Cronin's best recruiting score to date.
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Posted: 2/3/2013 1:42 PM

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Exactly what UC needed! Hope SK is back next year too!
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Posted: 2/3/2013 3:28 PM

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Right up your ..... Mr. Lavin.
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Posted: 2/3/2013 4:16 PM

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That is fantastic news.
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Posted: 2/3/2013 6:50 PM

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Just saw the great news!!!! Exstatic about this!
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Posted: 2/4/2013 2:49 AM

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Fantastic News.....Maybe that's Why schools are leaving The Big East.....Cincy starting to make inroads at the Top of The Big East....Mick ain't leaving...this Can be Scary for other Teams in the Conference...Coach Davis alluded to this awhile ago....Good Players are seeking UC out..not the other
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Posted: 2/4/2013 10:01 AM

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Awesome news, I was so excited yesterday when I heard about it. Can't wait to see him in red and black. By my count this puts us at 14 scholarship players for next year (We're at 12 this year; lose 3 seniors and bring in 5 freshman). Am I missing something, or is Mick going to have to retract one of his offers?
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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:04 AM

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5-star recruit Jermaine Lawrence chooses Cincinnati

Jermaine Lawrence, the No. 21-ranked high school player in the country according to, made an oral commitment Sunday to the University of Cincinnati.

Lawrence, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, N.J., made the announcement on Tumblr, a blogging website, on his 18th birthday.

“I’m blessed to celebrate a milestone birthday!” he wrote on the website. “My family and I would like to thank all the schools that showed interest. I’m humble to have had the experience of being recruited. After a long discussion with my parents, I’ve decided I’ll be attending the University of Cincinnati!!!!! I’m excited to be a part of @BearcatNation. I appreciate and thank those in New York who have supported me. It was a tough decision, however I do believe UC is a better fit for me.”


Lawrence, who is from Queens, was recruited by a host of schools but in the end chose UC over nearby St. John’s.

A five-star recruit who is ranked No. 7 at his position, Lawrence is the second-highest ranked UC recruit during the Mick Cronin coaching era, behind guard Lance Stephenson, who was ranked No. 11. Stephenson played one year for the Bearcats in 2009-10 and now plays for the NBA Indiana Pacers.

Lawrence is expected to sign a binding letter-of-intent during the NCAA’s signing period that begins on April 17.

“He’s got guard quickness at between 6-9 and 6-10,” said Jason Hasson, the basketball coach at Pope John XXIII.  “He can shoot from 20 feet to 22 feet. He’s got NBA 3-point range. He can handle it like a two or three. He’s the whole package. He can do everything.”

Lawrence has been sidelined for most of this season due to surgery to repair a tendon in his right hand, which is his shooting hand, but has recently returned to action.

“In four games, he’s averaging 19 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and six assists,” Hasson said. “He had eight assists yesterday. He sees the floor so well he can lead the break and find the open man.”

Lawrence transferred to Pope John XXIII in the middle of last season. In nine games, he averaged 26 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocked shots.

“The (UC) coaching staff really worked hard to get him,” Hasson said. “He felt very comfortable with Coach (Mick) Cronin and Coach (Darren) Savino. He just felt like they were going to take him to the next level. They were going to work on the things he needs to work on.”

Lawrence is considered talented enough to make the jump to the NBA after a year or two of college basketball but is not yet a finished product.

“He needs to get tougher, more physical inside,” Hasson said. “He’s very good with the ball. He can shoot and handle it, but he’s not as physical as he needs to be in the NBA. He’s one of the nicest kids that I’ve ever been around. He cares about his teammates a lot.”

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Posted: 2/4/2013 12:38 PM

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He looks like he's a big Kid to me.  That's a good thing.  Good Luck Jermaine, remember you have to play D first, then score us some points please...........wink

Happy as hell you're in Cincy.
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Posted: 2/4/2013 1:16 PM

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great job by mick and his staff, especially darren savino.

now let's celebrate with a road win at providence wednesday!
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Posted: 2/4/2013 2:30 PM

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July 7, 2011

Alex Schwartz

READING, Pa. -- In the hoops hotbed that is New York
City, rising junior Jermaine Lawrence is one of the best players to be found.
The 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward out of Cardozo High School in Queens is
part of a terrific 2013 class in the Big Apple. Villanova has been quite
successful recruiting NYC of late and Lawrence is one of a few players in the
city who are VU targets. The rising junior discussed his recruitment with on Tuesday while at Hoop Group Elite Camp. Lawrence said that he
currently holds scholarship offers from Louisville, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati,
Hofstra, and Fordham. In addition, he is garnering interest from Syracuse, West
Virginia, Iowa, Iowa State, Villanova, St. John's, Florida, Miami, and others
"Well, right now Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Louisville," Lawrence said of his
favorites at this point. June 15 was the first day that schools could call 2013
prospects directly and Lawrence said he fielded calls from Syracuse, Virginia
Tech, West Virginia, and others that day. As for what he would like in a
college, Lawrence remarked, "I'm looking for a school that stays in contact with
me . . . that [is a place] I can find my niche so I can fit in [as well as a] .
. . good environment and a coaching staff I can relate to." With two years of
high school to go, Lawrence has no plans to make his collegiate decision anytime
soon. "No, I'm not trying to rush anything," Lawrence said of whether he has a
timetable. "Most likely senior year, end of senior year." There is just one
school that has had the chance to host Lawrence on an unofficial visit thus far.
"I visited Virginia Tech last summer," Lawrence said. "[That is the] only school
I visited so far." Lawrence, who does not have any other visits planned right
now, is still in the learning stages when it comes to Villanova. "I don't really
know much about it," Lawrence said of the Big East program, though he did note
that VU is a school he is indeed interested in. Lawrence said that he has spoken
with coaches from Villanova and discussed a bit about what their conversations
have been like. "Of course they were asking about my recruitment, if I'm going
to any camps, what's my schedule," he said. "Basically where I'm gonna be
playing [this month]." Lawrence, who compares his game to that of Kevin Durant,
lists his athleticism as his strongest aspect on the court. Asked what he feels
his primary weakness is, Lawrence replied, "My weakness is probably-I'm not even
sure . . . I'd probably [say] going to my left, that's probably my only
weakness." During his junior season at Cardozo, Lawrence said he averaged 10
points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist, helping lead the Judges to a 28-3 record. He
will be running with Positive Direction on the AAU circuit this month, but was
not exactly sure where he will be heading other than Las Vegas.
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Posted: 2/4/2013 2:36 PM

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This one is a good read.  Mick and savino have been watching him 1st hand.

Lawrence's meteoric rise continues with Mary Kline Classic MVP

  • Last Updated:  4:24 AM, May 6, 2012


PENNINGTON, N.J. -- Emphatic dunks, feathery 3-point shots, impressive moves around the hoop -- Jermaine Lawrence showed his entire arsenal Saturday afternoon.

Flanked by some of the East Coast's top juniors and sophomores, the ever-improving 6-foot-10 former Cardozo swingman continued his steady climb. Lawrence poured in 27 points to take home MVP honors in the second annual Mary Kline Classic underclassmen all-star game, a showcase to raise money for cancer research, at Pennington HS in New Jersey.

The performance was just the latest impressive display by the Jamaica, Queens native in what has become a breakout spring. He dazzled in back-to-back weekends in Hoop Group Jam Fest showcases in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with the New Rens, his AAU team, showed limitless range and an explosive finishing ability in the lane.

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Jermaine Lawrence earned MVP honors in the Mary Kline Classic underclassmen all-star game on Saturday.

Following last weekend, he landed scholarship offers from Baylor, Kansas, UNLV, Temple and Florida to go along with existing ones from Syracuse, St. John's, Maryland, Louisville, Villanova, Rutgers and Cincinnati, among others.

"I just wanted to play my 'A' game, not force anything and let my game come to me, keep improving," he said. "I really expected it to happen, especially how good I've been playing."

It all began a month ago in the 23rd annual Basketball World Tournament when Lawrence and a group of fellow prospects partook in international competition. He returned more determined, he said, tougher and confident against players his age. The team's least known player at the time, Lawrence learned a lot facing older competition.

"We were playing against pros," said Lawrence, who now attends Pope John XXIII in Sparta, N.J. "Seeing how tough they are, gave me insight into the next level. It made me play tougher and more aggressive when I came back."

National recruiting analysts raved about him on Twitter and included him in their daily write-ups. College coaches have begun to fawn over him.

"He's a special talent and when it's all said and done with hard work he could be arguably one of the best players in his class," one Division I coach familiar with Lawrence said. Another coach described him as someone capable of playing either forward position with "great upside."

Pope John coach Jason Hasson wasn't surprised, because of how hard Lawrence has worked in recent months, most notably after getting back from France. Following the trip to Pittsburgh, he was in the weight room 15 minutes after classes ended on Monday.

"I would say he's a top 10 player in his class, that's my personal opinion," Hasson said. "Only because how hard he works he's gonna get better and better and better."

Alexes Hargrove, a friend of the family helping in Lawrence's recruitment, said he will cut his list to five at some point in August. Lawrence said he has no favorites, but Cincinnati assistant Darren Savino has made a major push.

"Darren has been at every game, almost everywhere Jermaine has been," Hargrove said. "Either him or [head coach] Mick Cronin show up to support Jermaine."

After watching Lawrence in Philadelphia, UNLV told Hargrove they plan to be around a lot in the coming months. Rutgers has been involved with Lawrence since he came of age at Cardozo, with Van Macon consistently checking in, Hargrove said. St. John's was one of the first major Division I programs to offer Lawrence and they remain a factor as well.

Lawrence said location won't play a role in his commitment. He is looking for a team which plays an up-tempo style, can offer his immediate minutes and he feels comfortable at.

For now, Lawrence just wants to continue his recent tear. He'll have plenty of opportunities as he will compete in the Kevin Durant and LeBron James skills academies, the NBA Top 100 Camp and the Pangos All-American Camp.

"I had to separate myself from the pack and make noise," he said. "It's real exciting, but it makes me want to work harder so I can make noise on the next level."

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