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.
Jermaine Lawrence committed to Manhattan Thursday, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv.
The 6-foot-9 Cincinnati transfer chose Manhattan over Iona and Hofstra after visiting Manhattan on Wednesday.
Assistant coach Rasheen Davis hosted the visit while head coach Steve Masiello is on leave.
Lawrence, who visited Manhattan during high school before committing to Cincinnati, could try to get a waiver to play immediately to play next season because his father is ill.
“Going down a level doesn’t bother me,” Lawrence told the New York Post of the transfer triggered by his father’s battle with cancer. “If I’m as a good a player as I am and people think I am, someone will find me.”
“I’m really excited about the future, being back in New York,” Lawrence added
In his lone season under head coach Mick Cronin, Lawrence averaged 2.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26 contests for the 27-7 Bearcats.
Lawrence began his high school career at Queens-based PSAL power Cardozo before leaving in the middle of junior year for Pope John XXIII. An injury-shortened senior season saw him average 13.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in just 11 games.
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.