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.
Four schools are working the hardest on Cardozo junior forward Jermaine Lawrence, head coach Ron Naclerio told SNY.tv.
“Virginia Tech, Rutgers, St. John’s and Xavier are recruiting him the hardest,” Naclerio said Wednesday by phone.
“He’s had numerous schools come by. Providence, UConn and Syracuse called. But those four are working the hardest.”
A 6-foot-9, 196-pound combo forward who will be featured later this month in the SNY Invitational, Lawrence is averaging 18.5 points, 14.7 rebounds and 6.2 blocks.
The Rivals No. 13 power forward in the Class of 2013, he grabbed 19 boards in one game, and 17 in another.
Still, Naclerio said he’s adjusting to leading his team while also being the main focus of opposing defenses.
“He’s definitely much improved from last year,” Naclerio said. “He’s had flashes of showing what a lot of people think he can be. What he can be is the sky is the limit. But his consistency has to be there.
“He has a lot of talent around him, but it’s new for him being the leader and helping out the new kids while other teams are cheating on him.”
Naclerio added: “If he continues to work, he could absolutely live the dream.”
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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.
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