CINCINNATI -- Former University of Cincinnati forward Jermaine Lawrence is transferring to Manhattan College, according to multiple reports.
Cincinnati transfer Jermaine Lawrence has committed to Manhattan.— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) May 22, 2014
Manhattan (25-8) won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament last season. The Jaspers were a 13-seed in the NCAA Tournament and lost to Louisville 71-64.
The sophomore left UC to be closer to his family, coach Mick Cronin announced.
Lawrence, who grew up in Springfield Gardens, New York, said his father is ill and he wanted to go to a school closer to home.
“I want to be closer to him as well as be close enough where I can have him and my mom attend my games. We appreciate everyone’s support," Lawrence told 700 WLW NewsRadio.
Cronin said Lawrence left on good terms with the team and coaching staff.
“We have been praying for Jermaine's father and understand the situation,” Cronin said. “We wish Jermaine all the best.”
The highly-sought five-star recruit played 15 minutes a game but averaged just 2.8 points and 2.9 rebounds.
Lawrence missed eight games from Jan. 7 to Feb. 2 because of an injured toe.