Class of 2011 prospect Jacob Lawson of Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy is on the rise and is focused on six schools.
You can't teach athleticism and length, and these are the hallmarks of Lawson's game. But the 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward is also making strides with his skill game.
"Jacob is very athletic," said Oak Ridge Military Academy head coach Stan Kowalewski. "Pretty much since he was a freshman he has been recruited by the Big East, ACC and SEC. He was 6'8 as a freshman and hasn't grown since, so we have been working on his perimeter game so that he can play some three in college. He is really honing his three-point shooting and ball handling."
Syracuse, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Florida, Wake Forest and North Carolina State are at the forefront of Lawson's recruitment according to Coach Kowalewski. Seton Hall, Georgetown, Wake forest and North Carolina State have offered.
"This spring and summer he will differentiate between these six," said Kowalewski. "He has already unofficially visited Syracuse, Seton Hall, Wake Forest and North Carolina State. He'll visit Georgetown and Florida after the season.
"The plan is to have a decision by August. He is doing a lot of preliminary research and would like to end the process before it begins to wear on him."
While Lawson is averaging 12.5 points per game for a team that has five players averaging double figures, his work on the glass and the defensive end is most impressive. He is averaging 10.5 rebounds and 6.2 blocks per game.
"He is on pace to block over 200 shots this season," said Kowalewski. "As a sophomore he had 140 blocks and as a freshman 90 blocks. He has been a shot blocking phenom since day one."