College of Charleston hoops player reaches Olympics
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The Southern Conference will have at least two representative playing basketball in the London Summer Olympic games. One player has an Appalachian State connection.
College of Charleston senior guard Andrew Lawrence was selected to play on the Great Britain Olympic basketball team. Lawrence, who is the son of former Appalachian State standout Renaldo Lawrence, was born in London when his father played professionally in that country.
Andrew Lawrence competed on Great Britain's under-18 national team for two years. He earned the team's Player of the Year award his final year with the team.
"I feel very honored and privileged to be able to represent Team GB and CofC in the upcoming Games," Lawrence said in a College of Charleston news release. "This is a dream come true to play in the Olympics and for Great Britain."
Lawrence was named to the SoCon media's second team last season after averaging 14.4 points and 5.5 assists per game. He started all 31 of the Cougars' games.
Renaldo Lawrence was an all-Southern Conference selection in 1979 when playing for Bobby Cremins, who also coached Andrew Lawrence at College of Charleston. Appalachian State was 23-6 and reached the NCAA tournament where the fell 71-57 to LSU.
Also representing the Southern Conference, and playing for Great Britain, is former Wofford standout Mike Lenzly. He has played with the Great Britain national team since 2007, having played in 37 games.
Lenzly graduated from Wofford in 2003. He has played professionally in Europe since.