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Keon Lawrence will be formally admitted to Seton Hall today and will then apply for an NCAA hardship waiver to be eligible to play this year, according to Alif Muhammad, Lawrence’s advisor.
“Once they admit him to Seton Hall, then we’re going to apply for the waiver,” Muhammad said Monday by phone.
Julian Vaughn, who transferred to Georgetown from Florida State, was recently awarded a hardship waiver by the NCAA and will suit up this year. Transfers traditionally have to sit out one season as per NCAA regulations.
“Julian transferred to be closer to his home for personal reasons which he wishes to keep private,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “This was considered by the NCAA along with his good academic standing and the lack of objection from FSU. They granted him a waiver from the usual transfer rules and we’re very pleased that Julian will be part of our program and have the opportunity to lend support to his family.”
Several of Lawrence’s family members are facing serious medical issues, Muhammad said.
“It could be possible that in the next year he could lose two members of his immediate family,” Muhammad said.
A Newark, N.J. native, Lawrence led the Tigers with 29.2 minutes played last season as a sophomore, appearing in all 32 contests, including 20 starts. He finished as the team’s third-leading scorer with 11 points per game and a team-leading 307 field goal attempts.
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.