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Virginia Tech In Contention For Charlotte All-AAC G Dazia Lawrence

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According to Skim Milkey, an anonymous Twitter insider account focusing on women’s basketball that is run by men’s basketball anonymous Twitter insider Trilly Donovan, Virginia Tech is among the contenders for Charlotte All-AAC First Team G Dazia Lawrence.

The other contenders for Lawrence include Marquette (who hired Charlotte’s head coach to replace Megan Duffy), Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida State. An update to this tweet added that Charlotte has not been ruled out at this time. Larwrence did reject the initial post from Skim Mulkey hinting that she's considering more schools than those listed, though that may have also been a reference to a return to Charlotte not being listed.

The 5'8'' Lawrence was a star for the 49ers for the second-straight year despite the jump in competition from Conference USA to the AAC. This past season, she averaged 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.8 steals in 33.0 minutes per game while shooting 42.6% from the field including 31.3% from three-point range plus 80.0% from the free-throw line on 5.5 free-throw attempts per game.

There's no doubt that the schools involved with Lawrence's recruitment create plenty of fascinating storylines. You have Virginia Tech going against former coach Kenny Brooks and Kentucky, Marquette going against former coach Megan Duffy and the Hokies, Charlotte looking to retain Lawrence against power programs including Marquette led by their former coach Cara Consuegra. There's a regional element at play as well with VT, Tennessee, UNC, and Kentucky all involved along with the multitude of ACC and SEC schools battling Marquette and Charlotte.

Lawrence would likely be either a first off the bench type piece similar to what Kayana Traylor did for the Hokies, or an instant plug-and-play starter likely to form a starting backcourt duo with Carleigh Wenzel. In that scenario, Wenzel may work more as the starting point guard with either working off-the-ball when the Hokies bring in Samyha Suffren or Mackenzie Nelson.

There's no doubt that Lawrence has tons of talent and should be able to be a quality contributor at the power conference level. She may not be a star, but she also may not have to be for the Hokies to have success or have the pressure of needing to be that given what Matilda Ekh showed this past season along with the significant upside of players like Wenzel, Suffren, and Carys Baker.

As Megan Duffy works to put together her first roster at the helm of Virginia Tech Women's Basketball, the Hokies are right in the hunt for standout Charlotte G Dazia Lawrence.

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