Lawrence Down to Three, St. John’s Up Next

Following his official visit to Cincinnati, Jermaine Lawrence is down to three schools and will take his final official visit to St. John’s sometime in the coming weeks.

BearcatLair.com reported that the 6-foot-10 Lawrence out of Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.) is down to Cincinnati, St. John’s and UNLV, to which he has already taken an official.

Fans chanted his name Saturday as Lawrence sat courtside when No. 11 Cincinnati defeated Wright State 68-58 at Fifth Third Arena. Cincinnati remained unbeaten after the win, but suffered its first loss Thursday night to New Mexico, 55-54.

“Got so much love from the fans out here in Cincy,” Lawrence Tweeted.

Lawrence is a New York native and the Bearcats have had a number of New Yorkers in recent years, from Lance Stephenson to Sean Kilpatrick and Jermaine Sanders.

However, St. John’s coach Steve Lavin will get the last crack at Lawrence, who is currently out of action until early January after undergoing surgery on a tendon in his shooting hand.

Lavin has already produced a one-and-done player at St. John’s in small forward Moe Harkless, now with the Orlando Magic, and could have another on his hands with small forward JaKarr Sampson, who has already been named Big East Rookie of the Week three times before conference play starts.

Whether Lawrence has similar talent remains to be seen.

“He could be very good but more than anything else, he needs experience, he needs playing time,” New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said. “He needs a lot of repetitions on the court in situations. He’s gotta learn to play hard all the time. When he does, he can be really a factor on the boards, especially on the offensive boards. And he changes ends as well as any big man you’ll find. He’s gotta build up his strength, his stamina and learn to play every possession.”

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15 comments
Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Acting like every player is equal is naive. Status matters. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Please give this up. Sheldon Richardson was running his mouth from the jump last year, too. Things turned out alright, I think. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Yes. Mo Wilkerson should get a little more freedom than Random Camp Fodder Player X, or a fringe starter. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jake100

But Decker never took a real snap with the Jets. We dont even know if he will be good in this offense. Why does he deserve the conditional perks already?


Because he's the only one married to a country music superstar, thus he's the only one who NEEDS a conditional perk.


Nothing more than that.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100  Why does any big-ticket FA get the perks? Because they're a big-ticket FA. You are not 5 years old, you know this already. His status as a player, not a Jet, is what matters. And since he's done everything right since coming here, including already getting involved in community outreach/charity work, the team probably feels okay granting their stud WR a night off with his country music-star wife to support her career and present at the movie. 


He missed a 7 on 7 practice, not a regular season game against the Pats. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 He's a high-profile player that they just gave a large sum of money to in order to come play football in Jetland. 


You want to start that hopefully-long-term relationship with a guy by pissing him off? 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Hanknaples @Brendan


Q: So you're saying he can break the  rules??

A: No, he can't.  Decker didn't break a rule, though, he requested to take two days off from a voluntary, non-required team event and the team granted it to him.  That's not "breaking a rule", that's asking for a favor (and being granted that favor).


And, yes, I think that if Stephen Hill also had a wife who was a musician and she had an industry awards show to attend, Rex would have supported Stephen Hill going to that show.


He's probably more "okay" with Decker missing the OTAs than Hill, since Decker isn't fighting for a roster spot and Hill is, but being supportive of a guy's family obligations is most definitely one of Rex's philosophical tent-poles (i.e. "i'm going to go to Clemson to see my son play" or "We should advance money to Cromartie to help him pay his child support and get his family situation straight") so I'm confident that if any of our other players were in that boat, even Geno or Vick, Rex wouldn't have raised a fuss about two days of OTA missed for a family obligation.


Regardless of the player.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @jake100 

You both are forgettting the most important part of the issue.....these are OTA's...they are completely VOLUNTARY!

Decler doesn't HAVE to show up for any of them..........this is no big deal except for fans' perception.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jake100 @tsjc68 And I answered your speculation with my speculation that "Yes, they would do the same thing for Hill".

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se That's what I was implying when I told Hank that Decker didn't break any rule, but it's probably easier just to point it out the way you did.