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Miami Hurricanes Basketball Player Profile: Amp Lawrence

In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile UM's roster for 2015-16. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the court.

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Anthony "Amp" Lawrence Jr.

Freshman F 6'7 210 St. Petersburg, Fl

2014-15 H.S. Stats:  30 ppg, 12 rpg, 5 apg (played a lot of PG as a senior).

Scouting Report:

  • Very versatile player who projects as both a wing and a 4 early in his college career. But could even play some point as he develops.  Handles, shoot, and passes very well.
  • Explosive athlete who can really finish above the rim (see below). Great size as well for a wing.

  • Should eventually develop into a good defender considering his length and athleticism.  But will likely struggle as all freshman do, early on.
  • Might take a while to find his identity on this level. UM's needs might dictate he plays some down low, but his natural skill set is more suited to play 2/3 or even PG.
Summary: I think there is next to no chance this kid redshirts.  He's too good to not fill a role early on, even on a deep Hurricanes team.  Look for him to get some minutes at the 4, though a lot of that depends on how well Ivan Cruz Uceda plays. Once he gets his footing and learns the speed of the game at this level, he could be an absolute monster on the defensive end. Has a similar skill set to Davon Reed, but with more size.  I absolutely love Lawrence's future in the program, but big time stats might not be in the cards for 2015-16. A better measure of how good he is as a freshman will be in growth as a player, and impact on the game not seen in the box score. Perhaps by season's end though, his role could increase.  In the next few years his talent will be one of the biggest reasons to be excited about this program.