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Dazia Lawrence Commits To Kentucky

Updated: May 8

There was speculation that a decision could come soon from Charlotte transfer, Dazia Lawrence. It came today as Lawrence announced via her social media that she has indeed committed to the University of Kentucky to play under new head coach, Kenny Brooks. Since announcing her decision to enter the transfer portal, Lawrence has gotten offers from several big-time schools including UNC, Marquette, Tennessee, and Florida State, among many others.

Lawrence has one season of eligibility remaining and has elected to spend it as a Kentucky Wildcat. Lawrence will be a redshirt senior in the upcoming season. Prior to this next season, Lawrence spent the last four seasons in Charlotte as a 49er. In her freshman season, Lawrence decided to opt out of the remainder of the season during the semester break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It wasn't until Lawrence's sophomore and junior seasons that she had significant playing time as she started in 61 of the 62 games she played in those two seasons combined. Lawrence averaged about thirty-three minutes a game playing time and in those two seasons Lawrence averaged 17.5 points, 4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2 steals per game. Lawrence did all of this while averaging over 43% field goal percentage while also averaging 34% from beyond the three-point line.

This recruiting process seemed to move rather quickly for Coach Brooks and the staff. Lawrence visited Lexington last week and made the decision to follow her former coach, Ciara Gregory, who Brooks brought onto the coaching staff. Gregory was an assistant coach for the Charlotte 49ers while Lawrence was there. You have to think this was a smart decision for Brooks to bring Gregory on because ultimately it probably helped a lot to bring Lawrence to Lexington.

The backcourt is already quite full for Brooks and company with Georgia Amoore, Jordan Obi, Cassidy Rowe, Saniah Tyler, Lexi Blue, and Tanah Becker. However, it will be almost impossible to keep Lawrence off of the court as her production speaks for itself. Lawrence makes the eleventh member of the 2024-25 roster and with Kenny Brooks typically running with either a twelve to thirteen women roster then that only leaves a couple of spots remaining for next year's team. One has to think that Brooks' daughter, Gabby, will be a part of the roster so that leaves one more spot so Kenny is almost done rounding out his first roster as the Kentucky women's head coach.

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