Record-Courier Staff Report
Kent State's men's basketball roster added one more on Wednesday, when head coach Rob Senderoff announced the signing of Marquiez Lawrence to a National Letter of Intent.
Lawrence, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward, helped lead Marion-Franklin High School (Columbus) to its first district title since 1993 this past season, averaging 12 points and eight rebounds per season.
"Marquiez is a really athletic player and a great defender," said Senderoff. "His defense is probably ahead of his offense at this time, but we believe he will continue to develop his skills because of his work ethic. He plays really hard and competes really hard. He does a lot of the dirty work that helps a team and also brings a lot of energy when he is on the floor. He brings the ability to do a lot of different things that will help us win games."
Lawrence has spent time playing for both the King James Shooting Stars and Ohio Varsity AAU programs. As a senior, Lawrence garnered All-City League South Division and honorable mention All-Central District accolades.
"In the late signing period, we wanted to add frontcourt depth, knowing that we will be graduating three big guys after the upcoming season," Senderoff said. "Marquiez is a kid that we followed all year and last summer, and we are very happy that he was still available to sign at this point."
Lawrence becomes the third member of the Golden Flashes' incoming class, joining spring signees Derek Jackson (junior guard) and Devin Carter (sophomore swing). Sophomore guard K.K. Simmons, a transfer from UNC Wilmington, also becomes eligible after sitting out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.