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Painter gets 2011 oral commitment

Matt Painter added an athletic big man to the class of 2011 when North Carolina forward Jacob Lawson gave an oral commitment Monday.

Lawson is a 6-foot-8, 220-pounder who attends Oak Ridge Military Academy and visited Purdue last weekend, according to goldandblack.com.

Lawson's AAU coach Tony Edwards told goldandblack.com that Lawson "might be the best athlete in the country" for his size.

"He's going to be one of those guys who can defend multiple positions, and once he sets in on his skill set and his school decides what they want to do with him, he'll be able to play the (power forward) or the (small forward)," Edwards told the publication.

Lawson joins Donnie Hale, who is in prep school, as part of the 2011 class.

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