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Wednesday / November 22.
  • Omari Lawrence Visiting UConn, Louisville

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    Omari Lawrence will be touring some Big East schools soon.

    The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Lawrence will visit UConn next weekend and Louisville at the end of the month (Aug. 31).

    Lawrence, ranked No. 32 among shooting guards in the Class of 2009 by Rivals, also lists St. John’s, Florida, South Florida, Providence and Marquette among his top options.

    “St. John’s is my favorite,” Lawrence said in a text message.

    Lawrence recently transferred to South Kent (Conn.) from St. Raymond’s in the Bronx, along with teammate Kevin Parrom.

    He is out for several months with a separated shoulder, potentially until Oct. 1.

    “I’m still in a sling for two more weeks, then I should start my rehab,” Lawrence said. “I should be ready for is8.”

    Kelvin Jefferson, a first-year coach at South Kent, is bringing in Parrom, Lawrence and former Cardinal McCarrick All-State selection Mike Burwell.

    “With Burwell, Parrom and Lawrence, I got three guards who can score and put the ball in the basket,” Jefferson said. “They all share the ball and I’m excited about that. You need good guards to win and those two (Parrom and Lawrence) are real good guards.”

    Parrom and Lawrence are among a group of talented New York-area juniors who have yet to pick a college. Dominic Cheek of St. Anthony in Jersey City; Lance Stephenson and James Padgett of Brooklyn Lincoln; Tevin Baskin of Trinity (Conn.) Catholic; Curtis Loving, formerly of Wadleigh; and Keith Spellman of Thomas Jefferson are the others.

    “I have no timetable,” Lawrence 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. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.