British pick C of C player as Olympian

London native and College of Charleston basketball player Andrew Lawrence will represent Great Britain in the Summer Olympics.

London was calling and Andrew Lawrence answered.

Lawrence, a senior basketball player at the College of Charleston, on Thursday was one of 12 players selected to the Great Britain national team that will play in this month’s Summer Olympics in London.

“Feel very privileged that I will be attending the 2012 London Olympics as the youngest player of Team GB basketball.” Lawrence said on his Twitter account Thursday morning. “Made it!!”

Lawrence, a 22-year-old London native, is the youngest player on the team and the only college player on the roster. He is currently in London and could not be reached for comment.

College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik said Lawrence has the talent and work ethic to be a contributor to the team.

“It’s unbelievable for him and awesome for the College of Charleston,” said Wojcik, who was named as Bobby Cremins’ replacement in the spring. “Obviously he’s played well in the last month, but he has worked extremely hard since I got here in April.”

Lawrence was a second-team All-Southern Conference selection last season after averaging 13.0 points, 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

This year will mark only the second time Great Britain has qualified for basketball in the Olympics. The only other time was 1948 when the Summer Games were held in London.

Lawrence has international experience, having served as team captain of the U-20 Great Britain national team in the summer of 2010 and playing for the Great Britain U-23 team in the summer of 2011. He was one of two players to be later called up to the men’s national team training camp.

He played in the 2011 London Invitational, a pre-Olympic tournament, against France, Croatia, Serbia, China and Australia. He averaged 7.5 points in four games.

Lawrence is one of two players on the team who currently play in the United States. The other is Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng.

Lawrence will be joined by another player with South Carolina connections. Mike Lenzly, a 2003 Wofford graduate, also made the Great Britain team.

Lenzly has been playing professional basketball in Europe since his graduation from Wofford, where he finished his college career with 1,333 points in 116 games.

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