Jermaine Lawrence commits to Cincinnati

By Robert White
Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

Five-star recruit Jermaine Lawrence announced his commitment to Cincinnati via Tumblr, making him latest and highest profile name from the Bearcats 2013 recruiting class.

Wrist surgery last summer has limited Lawrence until recently, but that hasn’t affected the versatile forward’s stocks in the slightest. Lawrence gave the Bearcats a verbal commitment on Super Bowl Sunday, the same day Cincinnati improved to an 18-4 overall record with a win over Seton Hall.

“My family and I would like to thank all the schools that showed interest. I’m humbled to have had the experience of being recruited,” wrote the Pope John product.

“After a long discussion with my parents, I’ve decided I’ll be attending the University of Cincinnati! I’m excited to be a part of Bearcat Nation. I appreciate and thank those in New York who have supported me. It was a tough decision, however I do believe UC is a better fit for me.”

Lawrence’s amazing versatility makes him a weapon. At 6’9 with skills that enable him to play inside and out, Lawrence is considered a tweener, a tag usually negatively associated with players unable to find a defined position on the basketball court. But, in this instance, it’s a positive. Lawrence’s handle, athleticism and shooting ability gives him that rare ability to create his own shot. When he ventures inside, he is also able to play effectively from the post.

A very fluid player, Lawrence could afford to put on some weight, and it probably wouldn’t hurt if he was definitively able to show he could guard either threes or fours on a full-time basis, so not to become the next Michael Beasley or Derrick Williams.

The future is bright for Lawrence. He joins three-star prospects Kevin Johnson, Troy Caupain, and Deshaun Morman in Cincinnati, and a starting role for the Bearcats won’t be out of the question right away.

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