Kevin Stallings and his staff have been all over the country scouting and offering scholarships to some of the best players in the country. Unlike the previous regime, this staff isn’t afraid to offer highly rated players. If they strikeout, oh well, they’ll just offer another highly ranked player.
And it looks as though this recruiting philosophy has them as a contender for a 4-star forward.
Kimani Lawrence (6-7, 200) is a 247 Sports 4-star small forward from New Hampton School in Providence, Rhode Island. Lawrence holds offers from Arizona State, California, Florida, Georgetown, Marquette, Texas, Xavier, South Carolina and Miami but some people believe that Pitt is his #1 school. In fact, 247 Sports forecasts that Lawrence will eventually commit to Pitt. I caught up with him to ask him about that and other things.
“I have a high interest in Pitt,” said Lawrence. “I have a good relationship with the coaching staff. We’ve discussed their roster situation which would benefit me and I feel really good about what they’re doing with the program.”
Lawrence is a priority recruit for Stallings, because they have stayed in constant contact with him since extending an offer.
“When they first contacted me they offered and now every couple of days we talk. The conversations are sometimes not even about basketball, sometimes they’re just seeing how I am doing.”
Lawrence is ranked as the No. 66 overall player nationally and the No. 1 player in Massachusetts, according to the 247Sports Composite and told me what Pitt likes about his game.
“They like how versatile I am, and how I can do many things on the court,” said Lawrence. “They also like how I can stretch the floor and impact the game in ways other than scoring. I like Coach Stallings, we talk a lot and he’s been doing most of my recruiting.”
“I haven’t set any visits yet but hopefully I could make some unofficial visits to a few schools. I’d like to have taken all my officials in September and commit in early October.”
The Pitt coaching staff is hoping that when it comes time to make a decision, “Pitt Will Be It” for Kimani Lawrence.