24.3 MPG 8.1 PPG 5.1 RPG .9 APG .5 SPG .2 BPG 46.5% FG 24% 3FG 73.0% FT
13.3 MPG 3.0 PPG 2.4 RPG .4 APG .5 SPG .2 BPG 42.5% FG 26.7 % 3FG 71.4% FT
Another transfer UMass acquired this offseason, Laurent is a player who has shown that he can compete in one of the most competitive conferences in all of college basketball in the Big 10. Before his commitment to Rutgers, Laurent held offers from a couple major conference teams in Alabama and Georgia tech. As a freshman, Laurent seemed a bright spot in Rutgers’ dismal seven win campaign. The highlight of his season, was when he scored 23 points and had eight rebounds in a triple overtime loss against Illinois. Overall, Laurent finished fifth on the team in scoring (8.1), and third in both rebounding (5.1) and field goal percentage (46.5%). It appeared that he was poised to succeed at Rutgers, but after the firing of coach Eddie Jordan, Steve Pikiell took the reigns and Laurent’s duties on the team took a turn for the worse, although they improved their win total to fifteen. His role decreased significantly and saw most of his major stats nearly cut in half.
Similar to other transfer’s Laurent will have to sit out a year before resuming his remaining two years of eligibility. The Minutemen will lose, do it all wing C.J Anderson after this season, so Laurent is a valuable asset to help replace the kind of versatility that Anderson provides. At 6’6 and 216 pounds, he has a powerful frame for a small forward and don’t be surprised if UMass plays him at the four spot in small lineups. With Laurent’s ability to grab rebounds, it will give the Minutemen versatility to experiment with different lineups. Look for Laurent to fight for heavy minutes and even a starting spot in 2018-2019.
Role/Attributes: Versatile Wing, Undersized PF, Aggressive Rebounder