College of Charleston guard Andrew Lawrence should benefit from Olympic experience

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The list of active college basketball players who will play in the London Olympics is a small one, and that’s been the case since professionals were first allowed to play back in 1992.

One of the few to get his chance to play later this month is College of Charleston senior point guard Andrew Lawrence, who is playing for his native (and hosts) Great Britain.

Lawrence will be key figure for the Cougars, who will play their first season under new head coach Doug Wojcik this winter.

And the experience of playing against so many established professionals while also representing Great Britain is something that should serve both Lawrence and the Cougars well in 2012-13.

“We may not even recognize him when he comes back here,” said Wojcik. “I think he will improve that much. Just playing against those pros around the world will just be invaluable to him.”

As a junior Lawrence averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 assists per game for Charleston, helping to lead the Cougars to a 19-12 mark and a third-place finish in the South Division of the Southern Conference.

In Great Britain’s 118-78 exhibition loss to the United States on Thursday, Lawrence accounted for six points and three rebounds.

Adjehi Baru and Trent Wiedeman both return but in addition to Wojcik’s arrival there’s also the graduation of Antwaine Wiggins to account for.

If Lawrence can use this summer as a springboard into 2012-13, the Cougars may likely be the biggest threat to reigning SoCon champion Davidson.

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VIDEO: Marshawn Wilson dunks over teammate

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Marshawn Wilson, a freshman guard, made a pretty good first impression to Northern Illinois fans, jumping over 6-foot-8 teammate, Jaylen Key, on Thursday night during the Hukies’ midnight madness.

Wilson is five inches shorter.

The Huskies are coming off a 14-18 (8-10 MAC) season. Northern Illinois begins the 2015-16 campaign against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 13, the first of three games in as many days.

VIDEO Ron Hunter dances at Georgia State’s midnight madness

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Georgia State’s Ron Hunter appears to have recovered from the Achilles tendon tear he suffered last March while celebrating the Panthers winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title.

On Thursday night, at the third annual GSU Jam, Hunter broke out the dance moves to the song “Hit The Quan” by iHeart Memphis.

Georgia State went on to defeat No. 3 seed Baylor in the Round of 64, thanks to a game-winning three from Hunter’s son, R.J. That shot made for one of the best moments of March Madness, as Ron Hunter fell of his rolling chair in disbelief.

R.J. Hunter is nowa a rookie with the Boston Celtics. Ron Hunter enters his fifth season with the Panthers.