CofC's Lawrence on Preseason List

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - College of Charleston 6-foot-1 senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) was listed among the preseason top 50 point guards in the nation in an article published by on Monday.

Lawrence was rated No. 48 behind top vote-getter Isaiah Canaan of Murray State. CofC's upcoming schedule could pit Lawrence against other floor generals on the list including Canaan in a possible second-round meeting in the 2012 ESPN Charleston Classic on Nov. 16, No. 7-rated Pierre Jackson of Baylor in a tough road test on Nov. 24 in Waco, Texas, and No. 9-rated Peyton Siva of Louisville in a non-conference home rematch with the Cardinals on Dec. 4 at TD Arena.

One of the Cougars' top returning players, Lawrence was an initial candidate for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award, which is given annually to the nation's top point guard. He ranked No. 31 nationally in assists per game (5.5 avg) and No. 57 in steals per game (1.9 avg) during his junior campaign in 2011-12.

Additionally, Lawrence was honored on the NABC Division I All-District 22 Team and All-Southern Conference Second Team by the league's media. He currently ranks 10th all-time in career three-pointers made (148) in the CofC record books. Perhaps the biggest honor of his playing career was earning a coveted spot on the final 12-man Great Britain National Team roster for the 2012 London Olympic Games becoming the first men's basketball player in school history to play in the Olympics.

Lawrence was the lone collegian on the UK squad and one of only two current collegians selected to an Olympic team among the 12 countries who qualified for the Games. He helped Great Britain to its first-ever Olympic win over China in tournament pool play this summer.

"(Andrew Lawrence) Was one of just two college Olympians (Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova was the other)," senior basketball writer Jeff Goodman said. "Lawrence played for Great Britain and is vastly underrated. He averaged 13 points and 5.5 assists last season and should thrive under new coach Doug Wojcik."