Saturdays in the fall are reserved for college football, but the Arizona State Sun Devils managed to make waves on the hardwood this weekend. According to our own Jon Rothstein, 2017 small forward Kimani Lawrence has verbally committed to the program.
Lawrence, a 6-7, 200-pound prospect out of Ashburnham, Massachusetts (New Hampton School), is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports. Lawrence is tagged as the No. 55 player in the country, the No. 11 player at his position and the best basketball prospect in the state of Massachusetts. He chose the Sun Devils over a handful of schools including Florida, USC, Pittsburgh and Butler.
It is a big-time recruit for Sun Devils’ head coach Bobby Hurley, but then again, it is not exactly surprising, given his ability to recruit.
“Bobby’s a really smart guy,” Hurley’s former teammate at Duke, Grant Hill, told Today’s U this summer. “He knows the game of basketball and that’s something you can’t fake. You can fool everyone else; you can’t fool players and they will see that in him. But Bobby has this other quality about him where he can inspire people to play and believe in him, and that’s going to matter not just on the court, but when he walks into living rooms — especially because of who he is.”
As Hurley braces for his second season in Tempe, Lawrence is the second asset to the 2017 class. He joins four-star point guard Remy Martin, a 5-11 floor general, who is tabbed as the No. 12 player in the state of California.