This archived article was written by: Abigail Ericson & Joy Malone
Dominique Lawrence was born on Aug. 29, 1992 in Las Vegas, Nev. He has “a lot” of brothers and sisters. He loves his mom and “kinda” likes having a big family. This city boy from Vegas has suddenly found himself in the small town of Price, Ut.
If it wasn’t for Coach Brad Barton and the basketball team, Lawrence wouldn’t be here today. Barton’s welcoming personality and love for the game of basketball drew Lawrence in and was the deciding factor in choosing USU Eastern.
Lawrence loves the game of basketball. His favorite things about the game are dunking and winning. Hayden Peterson says of Lawrence, “Dom is happy all the time. He brings excitement into the game with his leaping abilities, blocking shots at high elevations and throwing it down. And when I say throwing down I mean dunking the ball. Slammin’ it.”
Peterson is not the only person with good things to say about Lawrence. His outgoing personality and constant high energy on and off the court are two main reasons why so many people love being around him.
“He’s positive at the end of every game,” says Danee Merrell. And this positivity extends from the basketball court into everyday life. There is not a day that goes by where you will not hear Lawrence exclaiming “swag” about something, asking you how your day is going, or singing merrily in his own little world.
What exactly does “swag” mean, you ask? “When something’s cool. That’s swag. When someone’s got style. That’s swag. Swag is pretty much whatever you want it to be.”
In high school, Lawrence played on a club volleyball team. His skills were put to use during the USU Eastern women’s volleyball season this school year. Lawrence participated in several practices with the team; slamming down balls in their faces and blocking the crap out of the hitters. He would often yell across the gym, “I’m the best setter in the world! Swag,” whenever something went his way.
One thing is for sure, Dominique Lawrence is never short on energy and positivity. The spark he provides on the basketball court and in life is infectious. You cannot be around this kid without leaving happy. Catch Lawrence and the rest of the Golden Eagles on the court against Colorado Northwestern this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.