Nebraska picked up its fourth commitment for the 2022 class on Friday afternoon as Roselle Catholic guard Jamarques Lawrence announced his decision on Instagram Live with New Jersey Hoop Recruit.
Lawrence is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound, 3-star guard who transferred to the New Jersey powerhouse after his sophomore season and saw his recruitment take off after a strong summer this year with the New York Jayhawks.
GO BIG RED !!! 🌽❤️ pic.twitter.com/STlqWyF2IK
— Jamarques Lawrence (@JLawrence10_) October 29, 2021
“Beginning of the summer, waking up every day, early mornings, weight room, just constantly working on my game and believing in myself,” Lawrence said about his rise.
He went from zero offers to 17, and picked Fred Hoiberg and the Cornhuskers over Wake Forest on Friday.
“Why the Cornhuskers? Just the style of play, I don’t think there’s another school that best fits my play style,” Lawrence said. “Just playing for a coach that played in the league for nine years, coached for five, so all the experience he has, he can teach me all that stuff and prepare me for the next step.”
Lawrence officially visited Nebraska Oct. 1-3, which gave him an opportunity to experience the Opening Night with Husker Hoops event and attend the football game against Northwestern in addition to touring the facilities and everything else that goes with an official visit.
“I can’t even explain it,” Lawrence said about the visit. “Just hanging out with the guys, just the coaches, I had a better relationship with them.”
Current Cornhusker C.J. Wilcher played his prep ball at Roselle Catholic and Lawrence is teammates with Wilcher’s younger brother, 2023 5-star point guard Simeon Wilcher. Simeon Wilcher visited Nebraska with Lawrence but has since committed to North Carolina.
Lawrence’s biggest strength is his jump shot, and in addition to defense and hustle, he said he’s going to bring excitement to the court.
Lawrence signed off the Instagram Live with a simple message.
“I’m just ready to play in front of the best fans in the country,” Lawrence said. “I’m excited and Go Big Red.”
Lawrence joins JUCO center Blaise Keita, Sierra Canyon guard Ramel Lloyd Jr. and Southern California Academy wing Denim Dawson, who visited Nebraska the same weekend as Lawrence and committed soon after.
Lawrence’s commitment gives Nebraska 15 scholarship players for the 2022-23 cycle, but that includes Trey McGowens, Lat Mayen and Derrick Walker (all of whom are in their fifth year and will have a decision to make at the end of the season) and Bryce McGowens, who is already showing up in 2022 NBA mock drafts.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.