Jermaine Lawrence to Cincinnati


Jermaine Lawrence
pulled the trigger on his 18th birthday.

The 6-foot-10 Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII forward announced on tumblr that he’s headed to Cincinnati over St. John’s and UNLV.

“My family and I would like to thank all the schools that showed interest,” he wrote. “I’m humble[d] 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!!!!!
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Cincinnati Watches Lawrence Work Out, St. John’s Visit Set (UPDATED)

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin watched Jermaine Lawrence work out on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-10 Lawrence of Pope John XXIII is considering Cincinnati, St. John’s and UNLV and is expected to announce soon.

He will visit St. John’s this coming weekend, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com. After visiting Rutgers Wednesday, the Johnnies host Seton Hall Sunday.

Lawrence has yet to play this season as he recovers from hand surgery.

“[Coach Cronin] watched our game-day workout and talked to me and Jermaine for a little while about how he would fit in at Cincy,” Pope John coach Jason Hasson told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here

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. To read more of this story, click here

Lawrence Takes Official to Cincinnati

Jermaine Lawrence, a 6-foot-10 forward from Pope John XXIII in Sparta, N.J., is on his official visit to Cincinnati this weekend.

Fans chanted his name Saturday as Lawrence sat courtside when No. 11 Cincinnati defeated Wright State 68-58 at Fifth Third Arena.

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

Lawrence has already taken an official to UNLV and will schedule one to St. John’s upon his return. He is also considering Syracuse.

He is currently out of action after undergoing surgery on a tendon in his shooting hand.

“I think it’s going to be early January [when he returns],” Pope John coach Jason Hasson told SNY.tv recently. “We play Hudson Catholic Jan. 6. It might be before that, it might be that week after, so we’re not sure yet.”

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Jermaine Lawrence Visiting Cincinnati Next Weekend

WEST ORANGE, N.J. — Jermaine Lawrence will take his second official visit to Cincinnati beginning Friday.

The 6-foot-10 forward from Pope John XXIII recently took an official to UNLV. He is also considering St. John’s, which he has visited unofficially several times, and Syracuse. Lawrence will sign in the spring.

Lawrence was sidelined by various injuries for much of the summer and is now out again after undergoing surgery on a tendon in his shooting hand.

“I think it’s going to be early January [when he returns],” Pope John coach Jason Hasson said after his team lost to Roselle Catholic, 71-58, at the Hoop Group Showcase at West Orange High School. “We play Hudson Catholic Jan. 6. It might be before that, it might be that week after, so we’re not sure yet.”

Cincinnati assistant Darren Savino was in attendance for the event.

The No. 11 Bearcats play Xavier Wednesday and host Wright State Saturday.

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Cincinnati Adds Tallest Play in Its History

Cincinnati just got a whole lot bigger.

The Bearcats on Monday officially added David Nyarsuk, a 7-1, 230-pound center from Juba, Sudan who signed a letter of financial aid to attend Cincinnati.

SNY.tv reported Nyarsuk’s addition to the Bearcats on Aug. 6.

Nyarsuk has been cleared to play immediately by the NCAA and will have two years of eligibility, beginning this season. He played the last two seasons at Mountain State University, an NAIA school in Beckley, W.Va. To read more of this story, click here

Cincinnati Adds 7-Footer Nyarsuk

Cincinnati has added 7-foot-1 shot-blocker David Nyarsuk for the upcoming season but can’t yet officially comment on the big man, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv.

A native of the Sudan, Nyarsuk will have two years of eligibility at the Big East school.

He originally committed to West Virginia but did not qualify academically.

“We’re excited about David’s ability to be a game changer at the defensive end of the floor,” Mounties coach Bob Huggins said in November 2009 when he first signed there. To read more of this story, click here

After Early Trash-Talking, Kilpatrick Keying Cincy's Run

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin redshirted Sean Kilpatrick two years ago because he would’ve been playing behind veteran guard Deonta Vaughn and one-and-done phenom Lance Stephenson.

Once Vaughn and Stephenson departed, it opened the doors for Kilpatrick to step into a major role with the Bearcats.

Now a sophomore, the 6-foot-4 wing is a major reason why Cincinnati (15-4 overall, 5-1 in the Big East) is off to its best start in conference play since joining the league in 2005.

He drained a game-winning 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left Wednesday to lead Cincinnati to a 70-67 over No. 13 UConn at Gampel Pavilion. To read more of this story, click here