Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Omari Lawrence signed his Letter of Intent to St. John’s on Thursday, giving the Red Storm two guards signed in this class.
Dwight Hardy of Indian Hills Community College was the other.
“I signed [Thursday],” Lawrence wrote in a text message.
The 6-4 Lawrence committed in August, choosing the Johnnies over UConn, Marquette, South Florida and Providence, among others.
Also, Lawrence, who separated his shoulder over the summer, was cleared by doctors to play this year at South Kent.
“He got cleared and should be all set,” South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson said.
Meanwhile, St. John’s is no longer involved with Malik Stith, choosing to go in a different direction. The 5-11 Stith, out of Bridgton (Me.) Academy, had committed this spring.
The Red Storm now has an extra ship to use, possibly on Lance Stephenson in the spring, or they could save it for 2010.
“Maybe with those guys, they can serve as an attraction for Lance Stephenson and that would certainly be the icing on the cake for the recruiting class [at St. John’s],” recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
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