Written by: Brian A. Carlson
Thursday could be a big day for the Vanderbilt basketball program. Tyrin Lawrence, one of the prized remaining unsigned prospects, will select a college destination from his final three choices: Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and California. Lawrence is a three-star combo guard from Madison, Georgia, but played a post-graduate year at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas this season. There doesn’t seem to be a clear favorite as we near the end of his recruitment. While Lawrence has said location isn’t a huge factor in his decision, picking a school in the southeast would allow his mother to come see him play more often, which favors Vanderbilt or Ole Miss. The draw to California begins with Lawrence’s prior relationship with coach Mark Fox. Lawrence played AAU basketball with Fox’s son during his tenure as the Georgia coach.
Also, Lawrence has taken a visit to California, which isn’t the case for Vanderbilt or Ole Miss.
For Vanderbilt, associate head coach David Grace has been the primary recruiter for Lawrence and seems to have developed a great relationship by keeping the Commodores in the final three. Lawrence is also reportedly well-aware of Stackhouse’s NBA history as an all-star player.
If Lawrence chooses Vanderbilt, he would join a class that includes Myles Stute from Washington D.C. and Kansas transfer Issac McBride. It’s also safe to assume Stackhouse, like other coaches, will continue to pursue the transfer portal to bolster the roster.
Meanwhile, Vandy fans are crossing their fingers heading into Thursday. Hopefully Lawrence’s relationship with Coach Grace, the allure of playing for a head coach with extensive NBA experience, and Vanderbilt’s close proximity to Georgia will give the Commodores the final edge over the other two finalists.
Lawrence is set to announce on Thursday at 4pm ET.