Danny Lawhorn, a 6-foot, 160-pound point guard from South Kent (Conn.), verbally committed to Fordham on Saturday. He joins 6-5 guard Jayon James of Paterson Catholic and 6-2 guard Sean Armand of Central Jersey Each One Teach One among Fordham’s pledges for next season.
Lawhorn said he chose the Rams over interest from Houston, Baylor, Nevada and Providence, among others.
“I know that they [Fordham] really wanted me since my junior year,” said Lawhorn, a Harlem, N.Y. native who decommitted from Boston College last summer. ”I was worried about the [Atlantic 10] Conference and how they are. But since they really wanted me, I knew they were serious from the beginning.”
Lawhorn is the third South Kent senior to commit to a Division I program this year, following J.J. Moore (Pitt) and Russell Smith (Louisville).
Lawhorn said he’s looking forward to playing in Fordham’s offense.
“I like to play that offense and [Grasso] wanted to build something I wanted to be part of,” Lawhorn said. “I feel like I can get them to where they want to be.”
South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson said Lawhorn could help the Rams on both sides of the ball.
“On the defensive side of the ball he’s a terror because he’s just so fast,” Jefferson said. “He can stay in front of people. He can pressure full court. He can really get after it on one-on-one defensively. He can get in the passing lane, getting steals. Defensively, he can really cause problems for the other team.
“Offensively, he’s a point guard who can get the ball to people where they can score. He’s had games of 18 assists, 19 assists. He can get inside the defense and create shots for other players.”
Grasso is an interim coach, but he told Lawhorn he expects to be the Fordham coach next season.
“He said he was going to be there,” Lawhorn said.
“Danny’s happy with his decision and would love to play for Coach Grasso so hopefully that marriage works,” Jefferson said.
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