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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

Erin Lawless

[Erin Lawless]
 CLASS OF: 2003
 SCHOOL: Fenwick HS, IL
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 6'1 180lbs
 REACH AND WINGSPAN: 7'08, 6'01
 POSITION: Power Forward
 02-03 RATINGS: #22 (FCP)
 01-02 RATINGS: #24 (ASGR)
 ACADEMICS:
 STATUS: Verbal to Purdue
 AAU TEAM: Illinois Hustle


BIO | PHOTOS | NEWS | SCOUTING REPORTS | LINKS | SEASON STATS | HONORS | SCHEDULE

PLAYER BIO

Erin Lawless is considered one of the top power forwards in the nation. She is a player most often described as a warrior, and hosts an impressive mix of inside and outside skills. Her best game is at power forward where few are her equal, but she is athletic enough to play small forward. Weaknesses to work on before hitting Purdue will be working on her outside game, including ballhandling and perimeter shooting. Solid on defense as well, Lawless can function as a defensive stopper.

One of 48 girls selected to play in the inaugural USA Women's Youth Development Festival, Lawless helped lead the North team to a 5-0 record and the gold medal. She averaged nearly 21 minutes per game and was second on the team in scoring and fifth overall (11.8 points per game), while pulling down close to four rebounds a game.

In the 2000-01 sophomore season, Fenwick won the IHSA Class AA girls state championship 65-32 over Naperville. Lawless had a game-high 14 points and five rebounds. She was the top scorer during the three game state championship, averaging 17.7 points.

Erin made a verbal commitment to Purdue on August 20, 2002 over Iowa State. Before narrowing her list to two schools, her final list also included Penn State, Michigan State and Stanford. She will study forensic science.


PLAYER PHOTOS

  • 2002 Nike All-American Camp [Old Gold Free Press]
  • 2002 USA Basketball Development Festival 1 [USA Basketball]
  • 2002 USA Basketball Development Festival 2 [USA Basketball]
  • At the freethrow line [Fenwick SID]


    PLAYER NEWS

    2-23-02...Postseason Update: Erin Lawless (Fenwick HS, IL) - Season over. Lawless had a shot at sending the game into overtime, but her three-pointer bounced around on the rim before rolling off the side of the basket, giving Mother McAuley (23-10) the 50-47 win. Lawless had 22 points and seven rebounds. Fenwick ends the season 30-4.

    2-20-02...Postseason Update: Erin Lawless (Fenwick HS, IL) - Next game: 2/21 vs. Mother McAuley at Eisenhower HS. For the third season in a row, Fenwick has reached the 30-win mark. Fenwick is now 30-3 after a 63-43 sectional win over four seed Sandburg. Erin Lawless had 20 points and 10 boards in the win.

    2-18-02...Erin Lawless and Candace Parker have been named to the Chicago Sun-Times all-area team. Both Lawless and Parker came close to being named the MVP, an award instead won by Johanna Solverson. Parker is at the head of a sophomore class that is being touted as Illinois' best class in years. Other sophomores on the all-area team include Fenwick guard Kristin Heidloff, Marian Catholic center Lauren Lacey, Trinity forward Caprice Smith and Neuqua Valley forward Lindsay Wisdom.

    2-17-02...Postseason Update: Erin Lawless (Fenwick HS, IL) - Next game: 2/18 vs. Sandburg at Eisenhower HS. Fenwick has cruised to two easy wins over Bremen (91-34) and Oak Park (72-39). Limited by foul trouble most of the game, Lawless finished with 15 points against Oak Park. She had 18 points and seven rebounds in the opener against Bremen. Fenwick is currently at 29-3 on the season.

    2-4-02...Some prospects were spotted at the Wisconsin game on Sunday. Katie Gearlds was in the house spending some time with 6'2 Chicago Fenwick forward Erin Lawless.

    1-23-02...The McDonald's Girls Prep Classic in Chicago wrapped up on Monday with two great games. No. 1 Fenwick beat the No. 1 team in Ohio, Beavercreek, 52-49. The win snapped Beavercreek's 41-game winning streak. For Fenwick, 6'2 junior Erin Lawless scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. For Beavercreek, 6'6 junior center Alison Bales had 27 points. Bales was recently seen in Mackey Arena on an unoffical visit for the Ohio State game, while Lawless, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, has an offer on the table from Purdue.

    1-20-02...At the McDonald's Girls Prep Classic in Chicago...Katie Gearlds led all scorers with 27 points in a 65-49 loss to Chicago Fenwick (21-1). Purdue target Erin Lawless had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Fenwick, playing on a tender ankle.

    12-23-01...Steve Tucker of the Chicago Sun-Times reports Purdue has offered junior power forward Erin Lawless of Chicago Fenwick. Lawless has gone form an awkward, rookie basketball player in the seventh grade to being rated as one of the top ten players in her class. Lawless has been invited to the Nike All-American Camp for the past two years, and has been named an all-american by most major scouting services. She averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as a sophomore, and 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds as a freshman.


    SCOUTING REPORTS

    USA Basketball Developmental team coach Mike Armstrong (high school coach of former Boiler Katie Douglas)..."The kid is just a warrior. I think it's a compliment to say that she is a blue-collar worker. If you need a rebound, she gets it. If you need a steal, she gets it. If you need a defensive stop, she gets it. She just battles all the time and I love players like that. She had the versatility to play both inside and outside." (8/30/02)

    Scouting report by Old Gold Free Press writers Capri Small and Bob Sternvogel from the Nike All-American Camp..."Absolutely fearless - her warrior mentality may be her chief asset. Willing to post up against bigger girls, and to take quicker players one-on-one, she was seldom unable to finish. Sometimes appeared to be out of control as she plowed over opponents on her way to the basket, then ran back down court wearing a "who, me?" expression. Did display some finesse. Handles the ball well for a player of her size, and went in nicely for one "finger roll" deuce. Later got good position on an offensive rebounding opportunity, leapt just high enough to gain possession, and scored on the put-back. Not always successful on the boards, but never gave up when going for a carom. Has a good turnaround move in her shooting repertoire. Although Erin's apparently most comfortable playing inside, her height won't always allow her to dominate down low on the college level. She appears to realize this, as she proved she could score from behind the arc." (8/04/02)

    Scouting report by Old Gold Free Press writer Bob Richards from the Nike All-American Camp..."Not a very good ballhandler yet, but has time to improve. Fearless enough to go straight at 6'5 Gillian Goring, but not enough experience to keep half of her shots from being blocked. She can really get up and down the court in a hurry. Lots of promise, but seems to be between positions right now. Reach: 7'08, Wingspan: 6'01." (7/18/00)


    LINKS
  • 2002 USA Development Festival Results [USA Basketball]


    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS

    SEASON MIN PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG BPG SPG RECORD
    2001→2002   21.5       10.5 3.7 4.0   30-4
    2000→2001   13.0 .546 .626 .500 9.9 3.8     33-3
    1999→2000   10.9 .565 .766 .200 6.8 0.6     35-3



    AWARDS AND HONORS

    01-02 season
  • Nike All-Camp selection (Old Gold Free Press)
  • Nike All-American Camp Attendee
  • Developmental team selection (USA Basketball)
  • IHSA All-Tournament team (IHSA)
  • All-State first team (IBCA)
  • All-State first team (Chicago Tribune)
  • All-State (Chicago Sun-Times)
    00-01 season
  • Nike All-American Camp
  • All-American (Student Sports)
  • All-American (USA Today)
  • All-American sixth team (Street & Smith)
  • All-State first team (IBCA)
  • All-State second team (Chicago Tribune)
  • All-State (Chicago Sun-Times)
    99-00 season
  • Nike All-American Camp
  • All-American honorable mention (USA Today)



    2002-03 FENWICK SEASON SCHEDULE
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