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Lawrence (’22) and Taylor (’21) look to bring the Plainfield Cardinals back to being a Public Powerhouse

Lawrence and Taylor will be key to the Plainfield Cardinals success

Jamarques Lawrence and Tyejuan Taylor led a young Plainfield team to a 15-11 record last season. They look to be able to be one of the top Public schools in state next season.

One of the questions that you always hear around Plainfield basketball is “How good would we be, if all the Plainfield kids stayed home?” Referencing a lot of transfers, that leave to go to the non-public powerhouses of North Jersey. Plainfield has seen a lot of up and down years since the back to back Tournament of Champions appearances in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

The one constant was those Plainfield teams stayed together for years. They all knew each others tendencies and they played well together because of it. I witnessed something eerily similar when I saw this Cardinals team play together last season. A team that was able to hang in there with all of their tough out of conference opponents.

The part that makes this team special is that Plainfield only graduating 2 players and they are returning prolific scorer Jamarques Lawrence (’22/ MSU Skyliners) and a player that does it all in Tyejuan Taylor (’21/MSU Skyliners). This Plainfield team will go as far as these two players take them and they always perform well during crunch time.

When you see Lawrence I see a player that gives you “calm buckets” he finds his angles and spots he never forces anything and by the time you look at the stat sheet you notice he has given you 20 points which happened to be his average last season, tremendous for a Sophomore.

His counterpart is Taylor, he is a pure a dog, at 6’3 he is definitely one of the top rebounding guards in the state, I would even say he was one of the top defenders in the state. With a 10 ppg. and 7 rbg average Tyejuan Taylor is what every coach loves in a player, he gets his hands dirty and can defend 1-4 on the high school level. I have also noticed the bigger the moment the better the game that Taylor has.

With these two players Lawrence and Taylor and the famous Plainfield crowd behind the team, I would pick Plainfield to go deep into the public school playoffs due to the right mix of youth and experience. Look for Jamarques Lawrence to become even more of a facilitator this season, and Tyejuan Taylor to become even more of a pivotal scorer. With some recent public school grads and transfers arounf the state, Plainfield looks like they can be the team to beat moving forward.

Both of these players are great CIAA, MEAC, NEC, NE10 prospects.

Tyejuan Taylor rises up for a jumpshot versus St. Benedicts
Jamarques Lawrence shoots jumpshot versus the St. Benedicts Gray Bees as Tyejuan Taylor looks on

By Anthony Brooks

I have always followed high school sports specifically basketball in New Jersey. Mix that in with my love for sports photography, I thought this would be a place to write about some of my favorite players, teams, and moments.

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