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Tyrin Lawrence returns to Georgia for his senior season

ATHENS, Ga. — Tyrin Lawrence, the 2019 Georgia Class 3A Player of the Year at Morgan County High School and 1,000-point career scorer at Vanderbilt, will return to his home state and play for the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2024-2025 season. Head coach Mike White announced Lawrence’s signing on Tuesday.

Lawrence, a 6-4, 200-pound guard from Monticello, Georgia, started 79 of 104 games played for Vanderbilt over the past four seasons, including 61 of 63 games as a junior and senior. He finished his career with the Commodores with exactly 1,000 points (9.6 ppg), as well as 385 rebounds, 134 assists and 96 steals. Lawrence posted 47 double-digit scores, including 14 20-point performances, with a career-high 25 points against Yale in the opening round of the 2023 NIT.

Lawrence averaged 13.1 ppg in 2022-23. Last season, he increased those contributions to 14.1 ppg overall and a team-high 14.6 ppg in SEC action. Lawrence was also a standout in the classroom, earning SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition in 2021, 2023 and 2024 and graduating with a double major in human and organizational development and sociology.

Lawrence capped his high school career by leading Morgan County to the Georgia 3A state title as a senior in 2019. The Bulldogs finished 30-2 that season, capping a three-year run as a headliner when MCHS was a combined 84-10 and also finished as state champion. placed second in 2017 and reached the semifinals of the 2018 state tournament. Lawrence was named all-state twice by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and earned first-team honors in 2019 after being selected to the second team in 2018.

Lawrence also played a post-grad season at Sunrise Christian Academy, where he was part of a class that sent seven players to Division I programs.

Lawrence is the seventh newcomer to join Georgia’s roster for the 2024-2025 season. That group includes a pair of top-50 prep prospects in the Class of 2024 and five transfers. The Bulldogs’ combined recruiting class is currently ranked No. 15 nationally by 247Sports.com.

The class of newcomers includes:
Frank Absona 6-9, 235-pound junior forward from Pompano Beach, Florida, who was named the 2024 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year after finishing fourth nationally in blocked shots last season at Appalachian State.
Sumto Cyril, a 6-10, 252-pound freshman center originally from Enugu, Nigeria, who has played with the Overtime Elite program in Atlanta for the past two seasons. He is ranked No. 42 nationally by On3.com.
RJ Godfreya 6-8, 228-pound junior forward from Suwanee, Georgia, who was a two-time first-team all-state honoree at North Gwinnett High School and helped Clemson reach the “Elite Eight” of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.
Dakota Leffewa 6-5, 185-pound graduate guard from Jonesboro, Georgia, who earned first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) honors as a senior at Mount St. Mary’s last season.
De’Shayne Montgomerya 6-4, 190-pound sophomore guard from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who won MAAC Rookie of the Year honors in 2024 and also played for Mount St. Mary’s in 2023-2024.
Asa Newella 6-10, 215-pound freshman from Destin, Florida, who was ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 12 prospect in the class of 2024, making him the Bulldogs’ second-highest ESPN recruit ever, behind only Anthony Edwards.

The 2024-2025 season will be White’s third with the Bulldogs. Each of his first two teams showed significant improvement. Georgia increased its regular season win total from the 2021-2022 season with 10 wins in 2022-2023, the second-largest increase of any Power 6 program. The Bulldogs advanced to the 2024 NIT semifinals en route to their first 20-win effort since 2016.