Few players have put their mark on the Global Squad quite like Lawrence Lee. Throughout his career Lawrence showed great leadership and was the ultimate team player. He helped the Global Squad do serious damage in several AAU Tournaments. In three years his teams won two AAU Championships and finished 2nd three times.
Lawrence didn’t just help achieve team success, he also racked up individual accomplishments. The Global Squad all-time stats clearly demonstrate Lawrence’s dominance. He ranks 1st in career points (577), rebounds (462), blocks (76), field goals made (254), and double-doubles (22). He also ranks 2nd in field goal percentage (.556) and free-throws made (66).
Lawrence is now a freshmen at Cal Tech with former Global Squad teammate, Nasser Al-Rayes. Cal Tech basketball has an unimpressive history. Nonetheless, Lawrence has extremely high hopes for the future of the program. It’s an outlook shared by the coaches both at Cal Tech and here at the Global Squad.
This preseason the Cal Tech basketball team is generating a lot of buzz in Pasadena. Lawrence took the time to speak with us on his experience so far. Enjoy!
|ABA:||What made you want to attend Cal Tech?|
|Besides Caltech being an academically prestigious school, Caltech hasn’t been known for its athletics recently, and the opportunity to be a part of turning the program around is too much to say no to.
|ABA:||Are you excited to play basketball with ABA teammate, Nasser Al-Reyes?|
|Excited is an understatement, Nasser is one of my best friends and I’m ecstatic I’ll be his teammate over the next four years.
|ABA:||What is your role going to be on the Cal Tech team this season?|
|To be honest I don’t know yet. I’m hoping to be a scoring threat, a reliable rebounder and a dependable help defender. As the season progresses, I hope to maybe take on a leadership role on the team.|
|ABA:||What has stood out as the difference in competition overseas and here in the U.S?|
|The games here are a lot faster and more aggressive than in Hong Kong. Everyone is lot more athletic and a lot stronger. It’s a completely different pace compared to what I’m used to.|
|ABA:||Are the training and practice sessions tough?|
|Practices are so tiring mostly because of the number of hours we spend in the gym. Having practice 6 times a week, with the occasional two-a-day, on top of the mental exhaustion of needing to do well in school can be draining. Since we have a lot of freshman on the team this year, we do a lot of game-like drills so that we can get to know each other better as players, and find the team chemistry that works. We also compete against each other all the time, which helps because that way we’re all pushing each other to get better.|
|ABA:||How did the Global Squad prepare you for the competition at Cal Tech?|
|Global Squad let me experience college level training and let me compete with the highest levels of competition. I’ve gotten to train with talent levels much higher than my own for the past three years, which has pushed me to catch up to them. I wouldn’t be at Caltech playing basketball without Global Squad. I will say though, the talent level here is a lot higher than I expected.
|ABA:||What has surprised you the most about college basketball?|
|In high school and AAU, teams were either incredibly athletic or disciplined to executed their game plan. I expected this in college, but it was still a surprise how every college team is both incredibly athletic and executes as a team incredibly well.
|ABA:||How do you find time to balance school work, basketball and other activities?|
|Honestly I have plenty of free time. I think it is very possible to play basketball, do good in school, and still have a great social life without sacrificing sleep. It just comes down to being willing to do your work early instead of wandering around looking for something to do or watching TV just because a project isn’t due for another week or something. Get thing’s done early so when other activities, like social events or extra practices come up, you have time to go and don’t need to worry about needing to get school work done. Having teammates who are academically focused and will work together on homework sets helps as well.
|ABA:||How do you expect the team to do this season?|
|We have a lot of good freshmen and returning players. My goal is to finish above .500 and compete to win the conference.
|ABA:||Are you happy with your decision to play basketball at Cal Tech?|
|I can’t imagine it any other way. I can’t see myself at any other school or with any other team.
|ABA:||In 4-years, how would you hope to summarize your bball career at Cal Tech?|
|I hope I’ll be able to say I played a part in turning the Caltech basketball program from a team that struggled to win just one conference game each year to a top contender to win the SCIAC.
|Lawrence, it’s going to be a lot fun watching you and Nasser get buckets at Cal Tech. Your contributions to the Global Squad are immeasurable. Represent us, Hong Kong International School, and all other international players well. Good luck this season!|