Jermaine Lawrence: New Jersey Power Forward Has Syracuse in Final Seven

Jon Hancock@@JonKYSportscoSenior Analyst IAugust 26, 2012

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Jermaine Lawrence, a 6'10" power forward from Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, New Jersey announced his final list of seven via twitter. Lawrence listed Cincinnati, Kansas, Kentucky, St. Johns, Syracuse, UCLA and UNLV.

Lawrence is a 5-star prospect who is ranked 19th best player by Rivals.com and the eighth best power forward in the 2013 class by ESPN.com. He has offers from 13 different division schools including Syracuse, UNLV, Memphis, Louisville, Georgetown and Florida. He was invited to play in this weekend's Under Armour Elite 24 game, which will have the best high school players in the country, but was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

ESPN says that "Lawrence is a high level athlete who gets his head on the rim with ease and covers the court with fluid mobility and agility. He's a major weapon when getting out to run lanes in transition but has also developed a lethal half-court skill package as well."

Isiah Monroe, Lawrence's skills coach, said of his game that "No matter where he is on the court he is going to be unable to guard because of his footwork. If he has a handle, he can go on the perimeter and with his footwork and post moves he can go down low."

The athletic big man had Syracuse at the top of his list earlier this summer. He told Adam Zagoria why the Orange is on his list, “I like how they use their forwards. They know to use them. They know how to execute them well in their system, so I like how they play with them.”

In a separate interview with Zagoria, 2014 5-star Chris McCullough said that him, Lawrence and 2014 shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead have talked about going to Syracuse together. “We talked about it twice already," McCullough said earlier this month, "We said it would be a good fit for all three of us." All three players are from the New York area.

Jim Boeheim already has 5-star point guard Tyler Ennis committed for the 2013 class. Boeheim has had a lot of success recruiting players in the New York area.

Lawrence has taken his time in the recruiting process, he hasn't planned any visits so far after the summer.