UGA basketball sees the return of Tyrin Lawrence for his graduate season.

Tyrin Lawrence, hailed as the 2019 Georgia Class 3A Player of the Year at Morgan County High School and a 1,000-point scorer at Vanderbilt, is set to return to his home state to play for the Georgia Bulldogs in the upcoming 2024-25 season. His signing was announced by head coach Mike White on Tuesday.

Standing at 6 feet 4 inches and weighing 200 pounds, Lawrence, a guard from Monticello, Ga., boasts an impressive collegiate career, starting in 79 out of 104 games played for Vanderbilt over four seasons. During this time, he accumulated exactly 1,000 points (averaging 9.6 points per game), along with 385 rebounds, 134 assists, and 96 steals. Notably, he recorded 47 double-digit scoring games, including 14 with over 20 points, achieving a career-high of 25 points against Yale in the 2023 NIT.

Lawrence’s on-court prowess was complemented by his academic achievements, earning SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition in multiple years and graduating with a double major in Human and Organizational Development & Sociology.

Before his collegiate career, Lawrence led Morgan County to the Georgia 3A state title in his senior year of high school in 2019. He was also twice named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s all-state team.

Lawrence joins a promising group of newcomers for the Bulldogs in the 2024-25 season, which includes top prep prospects and transfers, contributing to Georgia’s rising ranks in national recruiting standings.

With Lawrence’s addition, Coach White’s tenure at Georgia has seen significant improvement, with the Bulldogs showing increased success in recent seasons, including a notable performance in the 2024 NIT semifinals and their first 20-win season since 2016.

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