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Thursday / June 13.
  • Jacob Lawson Mulling 5 Schools

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    Jacob Lawson, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward from Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy, is considering five schools.

    Lawson is mulling Purdue, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Ole Miss and Maryland, according to his coach, Stan Kowalewski.

    “I think everything’s even right now,” Kowalewski said of the schools. “We’re trying to work through the process and once he feels there’s something he loves he’ll pull the trigger.”

    Lawson took his first official to Purdue and was still on campus as of Friday afternoon.

    “It went well,” Kowalewski said. “It’s a great campus, great environment. They’re gonna be really good this year. The staff’s really good.”

    The only other official set up at this point is to Ole Miss the weekend of Sept. 17.

    Lawson also has several in-homes set:

    Sept. 10 – Seton Hall

    Sept. 14 – Purdue

    Sept. 20 – West Virginia

    As far as Seton Hall, former coach Bobby Gonzalez’s staff actually originally offered Lawson, and new coach Kevin Willard followed up.

    “The former staff offered Jacob way back,” Kowalewski said. “He took an unofficial to Seton Hall [last February] and really liked the campus and facilities. He hasn’t had a chance to sit down in person with the new staff. But they immediately offered once they got the job. Kevin Willard is one of the younger, up-and-coming coaches in the country. He’s willing to sit down and go from there.”

    Wherever Lawson lands, his coach thinks he can make a significant impact.

    “I think he’s an impact kid,” he said. “He brings a tremendous amount of athleticism to the table. As he hones his skills, especially from the outside with the perimeter to go along with his ability to finish inside, he can make an immediate impact.

    “It has to be a team that likes to go up and down and defend, that’s his game. He has to find the right fit. He can certainly help as a freshman.”


    6-foot-6, 215-pound wing Adonis Thomas of Memphis will visit Tennessee Sept. 11 for his first officials. Nothing else is set at this point…West Virginia is no longer involved with Long Island PG Tavon Sledge, sources say. He’s down to SJU, UTEP & Iowa State…Former Seton Hall commit Eugene McCrory, a 6-8, 235-pound forwrad, was offered by Marshall and will visit next Friday…6-6 forward Isaiah Williams of The Robinson School is visiting Iona unofficially today (Friday)…Former LaSalle & Paterson Catholic forward Terrell Williams has transferred to D-2 Lynn University. His twin, Jerrell, remains at LaSalle…Former LaSalle & Paterson Catholic wing Kimmani Barrett is now playing professionally in the Austrian A-League.

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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.

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