Gaels' Phillip Lawrence has Division I options

A summer spent in Pennsylvania was just what Phillip Lawrence needed to raise his profile.

Lawrence, a 6-foot-7, 180-pound forward from Mount St. Joseph, lived with his father in Philadelphia and spent the spring and summer on the circuit with Philly's Finest.


"It went great," Lawrence said Saturday after the American All-Star Game at The Dome. "I had a great summer, I got a lot more looks, a couple offers. And the team was good overall. I played with Amile Jefferson."

Playing on the same team with Jefferson – a five-star prospect and's No. 4 power forward in the 2012 class – ensured that Lawrence would be seen by plenty of Division I coaches. Lawrence made the most of that opportunity, particularly at the Summer Classic East in King of Prussia, Pa. The Gaels senior was named one of the "biggest stock risers" by Hoop Group Elite.

"[My role was] basically to run the floor, get rebounds, play defense and make my shots," Lawrence said. "I'd go inside-outside, like a wing forward."

Lawrence, who could play the 3 or the 4 in college, has picked up offers from Marist – where he was scheduled to make an unofficial visit today – and Radford. He has also received interest from Coppin State, Iona, Loyola, Rider, St. Bonaventure and a host of Ivy League schools.

A 3.5 student, Lawrence said he is "definitely" interested in playing in the Ivy League. He is taking an SAT prep course now and is shooting for a 1600 or better when he takes the test again this fall.

"I've visited Penn. I really like Penn," Lawrence said. "Basically it's Penn, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth [and] Yale. All those [schools] have been in contact."

Patuxent photo of Phillip Lawrence by Drew Anthony Smith / Jan. 25, 2009