Kimani Lawrence showing off newfound skills

Kimani Lawrence
Kimani Lawrence says one of the main things he’s working on is transitioning from the small forward position to the shooting guard spot. Based on his play at Albright so far, it looks like he may have skipped right over the ‘2’ and become a 6-foot-7 point guard.

Lawrence has put on a show all week, using his size and ball-handling ability to run his team effectively, getting into the paint whenever he wanted to create for himself and his teammates.

“During the EYBL I play the ‘3’. Since summer started I’ve been playing a little bit at the ‘2’,” he said. “Since the last few tournaments my point guard got hurt so I was bringing the ball up a little bit, the offense was kind of playing through me, so I was just being more of a playmaker.

“I don’t think [any college coaches] have seen it yet,” he said of his point guard play, “but hopefully they’re impressed with it, ‘cause I’ve been working on it.”

While he’s been impressive as a lead ball handler thus far, Lawrence’s future lies on the wing. As he said, he’s traditionally a small forward, but said coaches, specifically those from Maryland, Syracuse, and Stanford that have expressed interest but have yet to extend offers, want to see him transition to the shooting guard spot at the next level.

“They want to see me play as more of a 2 guard, so I’ve just been working on becoming a 2 guard. Shooting better, being more consistent with scoring, and just making my teammates better,” Lawrence said. “So far it’s been good. I’ve seen a lot of progress that I’ve been making and I’ve gotten a lot stronger, so everything’s been good.”

“I don’t think anybody has seen it yet, but hopefully they’re impressed with it, ‘cause I’ve been working on it.”

Lawrence is considered a consensus four-star prospect and a top-50 recruit in his class by several media outlets, and he’s got the offers to show for it; so far, he’s garnered offers from Creighton, Providence, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Xavier, Wake Forest, and Miami.

A Rhode Island native, he’s taken visits to both URI and Providence already, but says that his hometown schools don’t necessarily have a leg up on the competition, and with two years left of high school, he’s taking things slow and letting the offers continue to roll in.

“Location is not a factor. I’d be happy to play anywhere where I’d get to play right away,” he said. “I’m just open with my recruitment right now.”

This is Lawrence’s second time at a Hoop Group camp, as he was also an Elite Camp attendee last year. This time around, however, things are going a bit differently, as Lawrence comes in with a higher profile and another of experience under his belt.

“From last year it was a lot more difficult, being I was younger and I wasn’t as skilled as I am now,” he said. “This year my work has definitely shown, so I’m just working hard to win a championship at the camp.”

When Lawrence is finished showing off his improved skill set at Elite 2, he’ll head to Spooky Nook in Manheim, PA, where his Expressions Elite squad is one of the favorites to take home the 17U Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest title.

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