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Purdue's annual Elite Camp has proven fertile ground for fans hoping for a recruiting commitment, and 2014 did not disappoint. Head coach Sharon Versyp landed her first commitment from the class of 2017, as Ohio forward Dani Lawson jumped at a scholarship offer and committed while still on campus. Lawson told the Journal and Courier it took her about five minutes to accept.
Lawson is a 6'1 power forward, and is the daughter of former Boilermaker Kay Tucker. Tucker came in with Lin Dunn's 89-90 freshman class with Tricia Cullop, Carol Madsen, Tina Humm and Stacey Carney. Purdue fans may remember Kay Tucker's defensive prowess, possessing great hands as well as being an exceptionally good shot blocker in a 6'0 frame.
Lawson plays high school basketball for girls basketball powerhouse Hathaway Brown, an all-girls private school outside Cleveland, Ohio. Despite the team's 2-22 record in 2013-14, the team boasted senior Beth Brzozowski, who will play for the University of Pennsylvania, and two freshman Division I prospects in Lawson and 5'9 teammate Christina Passerell. Passerell is also getting attention from Purdue. Hathaway Brown reached the OHSAA Division II state championship game in the seven previous seasons, and had won an OHSAA record-setting five straight state championships prior to the 2013-14 rebuilding season.
Lawson plays summer ball for the Toledo Thunder. The scouting report on Lawson reads as follows from the Thunder website ...
"Dani Lawson (2017) of Cleveland, Ohio from Hathaway Brown High School is an exceptional post player. Lawson at 6-1 has a very high basketball I.Q., rebounds the ball well, and finishes on a consistent basis. Lawson has a huge up-side."
Also on her summer squad are high school teammate Passerell, and University of Michigan 2017 commit Brelynn Hampton-Bey. Lawson chose Purdue over early interest from Toledo, Xavier, Vanderbilt and Princeton.