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St. John's basketball recruiting: Omari Lawrence update 07.14.08

update on the earlier Omari Lawrence post

Omari Lawrence's interest in St. John's is still strong. Of interest, Lawrence also says in an interview with March Madness All Season (and also posted at NBE Basketball Report):

"What happened between Kevin and Antigua were involved in my decision to leave," Lawrence said. "We've played together for a lot of years now and I’m looking forward to it. They also play a national schedule, so I’m excited for that."

Lawrence, who said he plans to announce his college intentions either before the high school season starts or immediately after it ends, has talked with Parrom about their future destinations, but "nothing too serious."

And as for his low rankings on the national scouting services (which isn't in harmony with either the interest he's receiving or how he is regarded in the NY basketball community):

Although he is ranked just No. 136 by Rivals.com and No. 78 by Scout.com, Lawrence feels he compares favorably with some of the top players in the country.

"Every time I’ve gone up against them, I’ve matched up well or I’ve outplayed them," said Lawrence, who lists leadership and versatility among his biggest strengths and outside shooting as his main weakness.

As for Lawrence's once and again teammate Kevin Parrom, Adam Zagoria reports:

Rutgers and St. John’s have both offered, but it remains unclear if Parrom wants to stay close to home or head out.

"Before when I was a freshman I was trying to stay home but now I’m getting older I may have to peak [sic]* out to a school in the West," he said.

* I think Zagoria meant to write "peek"? The "peak" vs "peek" distinction that folks don't make is a bit of a pet peeve of mine.