We started the player report cards with Akeem Odusipe, who was supposed to be down here. We continue with Tyrin Lawrence, who wasn’t.
While Odusipe was expected to be a project and looked like it, Lawrence was the highest-rated player in Vanderbilt’s 2020 signing class. He was supposed to be a key rotation player for Vanderbilt, but he only played 90 minutes over the course of seven games before missing the rest of the season after tearing his ACL.
But unlike Odusipe, we can probably take something away from Lawrence’s limited playing time because he was playing real minutes. He missed the season opener against Valpo, but in his first game, he played 25 minutes against Mississippi Valley State. In that game, he had 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, and also had four assists. That was promising. What wasn’t so promising was his performance after that: he scored a total of six points over the next six games he appeared in, and his minutes dwindled, with the 25 against Mississippi Valley State representing his season high. And after starting the first five games he appeared in, he fell out of the starting lineup and played four minutes against Florida and three against Mississippi State, and was a DNP against Kentucky.
And then his season was done. The overall stats look okay, but again, note that they’re heavily influenced by that performance against Mississippi Valley State, one of the worst teams in Division I.
So I don’t really know what to think here. The grade is Incomplete, for reasons that should be obvious, but you’d have expected Vanderbilt’s highest-rated recruit to look better against the likes of Richmond, Radford, Davidson, and Alcorn State.