- Feb 9, 2010
They don’t have the hoops infrastructure at scale in England, but they do have a high degree of professionalism in their national team and club programs. Lawal probably got better instructional coaching than most recruits get via the AAU morass and HS. That said, he won’t have had the day-in-day-out experience against good to great basketball players that most recruits here experience and he definitely won’t have the benefit of growing up with any playground saavy that comes from being in a basketball centric culture.I'm going to guess he'll be a little more polished than Lawal. Foster plays AAU ball, is on a prep team, and I'm sure he's been playing at a high level for many years. Lawal played one year of prep ball and before that was in England, where they don't have the basketball infrastructure and coaching that we have.
Think of it as the reverse of soccer, we have guys go to England all the time and do just fine in terms of knowledge and technique—where they tend to struggle are with the physical nature of the game and coping with the informal skills that Brits have from years of informal play and drilling with equally talented peers. The US guys who have done well are made differently though…..gritty and determined. If Lawal has those qualities, he has a shot at being special given his athletic gifts.