Lawrence Down to 4 Schools, Visiting Locals (UPDATED)

Transferring Cincinnati forward Jermaine Lawrence is down to four New York-area schools and will visit Iona on Thursday (today) and St. John’s in the coming days.

The 6-foot-9 Queens native is now considering St. John’s, Manhattan, Hofstra and Iona, according to Zach Braziller of the New York Post.

We previously reported that Seton Hall would not attempt to recruit Lawrence.

Wherever he lands, Lawrence is expected to apply for a hardship waiver to play immediately in 2014-15. He said his father “is ill” and he “wanted to be closer to him.”

Lawrence visited Hofstra Wednesday.

Hofstra has a three-man recruiting class for 2014, including former Brooklyn Boys & Girls wing Malik Nichols, who signed an NLI this week.

Next up is Iona, which has reached two of the last three NCAA Tournaments under head coach Tim Cluess and associate head coach Jared Grasso thanks to an influx of transfers and junior college players who flourish in an uptempo system.

On Tuesday, Iona landed Longwood transfer Jeylani Dublin.

Lawrence is expected to hit St. John’s either this weekend or next weekend, a source told The Johnnies were in the mix for Lawrence the first time around and is said to be intrigued by his talents, even if he underperformed in his one year at Cincinnati.

The Johnnies have added Christ the King big man Adonis Delarosa and Westchester Community College forward Keith Thomas, but still have frontcourt needs.

Manhattan remains in play and would love to add Lawrence to its frontcourt mix, but no visit is currently set.
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No way Fordham is in the mix. Lawrence wants to go to a winning program. Best option is Iona due to their uptempo style and need for front court players. Also Iona is his best chance to go to the NCAA next year. They are stacked at guard and small forward with talent.


This kid would never consider Fordham. He wants to play for a winner.