Lawrence Moten has recently moved back to Syracuse, New York – his second hometown – and is excited about getting involved with the community sports scene.
Moten attended Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. and the New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire before playing his college ball at Syracuse University. Playing as a guard/forward, he is the career scoring leader for that school with 2,334 points (surpassing Derek Coleman) and is the Men’s Big East Conference all-time leading scorer with 1,405 points, ahead of Troy Bell (BC – 1,388 pts), Terry Dehere (SHU – 1,320 pts), and Chris Mullin (SJU – 1,290 pts).
Moten averaged 19.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG and 2.4 APG over his four-year collegiate career as an Orangeman – scoring in double figures in 118 of 121 games. Moten is the only player to score 500 or more points in four consecutive seasons in Syracuse history and was the first player since Hall of Famer Dave Bing to lead Syracuse in scoring for three straight seasons.
Moten’s trademark knee high white socks and smooth style wherein he seemingly always played within the flow of he game earned him the moniker “Poetry in Moten.” This helped make him one of the most beloved players in SU basketball’s storied history. As a freshman, he was the Big East Rookie of the Year, earning third Team Big East honors and helping Syracuse win the Big East Championship. He was a three-time 1st Team Big East selection, putting him in very rare company.
Moten was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies in the second round (36th overall pick) of the 1995 NBA draft. He played for the Grizzlies for two seasons from 1995–1997 and for the Washington Wizards during the 1997–98 season. After his NBA career, he played in the CBA and ABA, and in Spain and Venezuela. Moten later became the vice president of player development for the Maryland Nighthawks of the ABA. He was the head coach of the Rochester Razorsharks in 2014 and led them to their 4th PBL title. In 2016, Lawrence served as an assistant coach at Gallaudet University while working as a physical education teacher.