Staying Positive For His Senior Season

Omari Lawrence

Reporter Mike Sullivan was at FDU today for the Joe Brown Memorial tournament ...

Yes, New York Panthers' program director Gary Charles is disappointed about not having one of his best players, Omari Lawrence, this summer for key AAU tournaments. But he's relieved that Lawrence is taking the proper steps in healing his shoulder.

As reported first last week here on this website, Lawrence suffered a separated shoulder that requires surgery. "He hasn't had it yet but he's going to have it soon," said Charles. "We're going to miss him a lot. He's a great player for us. But I'm glad he's going to get it healed."

Charles spoke to us from the Joe Brown Memorial tournament being held on the campus of FDU in Teaneck, New Jersey. Charles gave us his thoughts while watching his 16 and under team defeat United Brooklyn in an early morning first-round pool game.

Charles also has his 17 and under team, a squad that would have featured Lawrence and his lefty guard skills. Charles has stated that St. John's leads while Lawrence has confirmed this news in another published report. Lawrence will also take some visits before he makes a decision, according to Charles.

"He's just focusing now on what he has to do to get better," said Charles of Lawrence, who transferred from St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx, N.Y. to South Kent in Connecticut. "He's supposed to have it Thursday."

The hope is Lawrence will be better and ready to compete in the IS8 Fall League, an event that Charles takes seriously every year.

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