Covering High School Sports in America
Jermaine Lawrence, the No. 17-ranked high school basketball player in the country according to MaxPreps, celebrated his 18th birthday on Sunday by committing to the University of Cincinnati, according to

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior forward is averaging 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three blocks over the past four games for Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.) after recovering from surgery for a torn tendon in his right (shooting) hand. Last year he averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots in nine games after transferring to his current school.

Coach Jason Hasson pointed out, "He's got good guard quickness (for his size). He can shoot from 20 feet to 22 feet. He's got NBA 3-point range. He can handle it like a two or three. He's the whole package. He can do everything. He needs to get tougher, more physical inside ... he's not as physical as he needs to be in the NBA. He's one of the nicest kids I've ever been around. He cares about his teammates a lot."

Lawrence's second choice was reportedly St. John's University.