With offers from schools all over the country, Marcus Lawrence had plenty of options to play his college basketball. But on Wednesday afternoon, the Las Vegas (Nev.) product decided he'd stay close to home and play for UNLV after his career at Bishop Gorman High School. Rivals.com caught up with his head coach Grant Rice and got the latest.
Lawrence, a 6-foot, 165-pound point guard, verbally committed to Lon Kruger and the Running Rebels over offers from Oregon State, Minnesota and others.
"He decided he wanted to stay home and be a part of UNLV," Rice said. "He wanted to be close to home. Marcus is a Las Vegas kid. He grew up here but people were always telling him to go out of the state but I think he really enjoyed being a local kid."
Lawrence's commitment is a big one for Kruger and his staff. The point guard has a chance to be Mr. Nevada basketball and the Rebels knew they wanted to secure a commitment from the state's top prospect.
"When Coach Kruger took the job he made it a point to go after the local kids and he told Marcus that he was their main target," Rice said. "They did a great job with him and got it done."
UNLV is getting a heady and efficient point guard that does a great job of making the right plays at the right times. Rice said Lawrence will bring a confidence to UNLV as a freshman.
"The thing with Marcus is his overall leadership," Rice said. "He does an incredible job with his players. He just has that knack for being a leader and doing the right thing. He gets his teammates involved and you can't really say anything bad about the kid."
Lawrence is the first player to commit to UNLV in 2006.