Freshman guard Lawrence Borha has proven to be an asset as a defender.
Feb. 15, 2006
By Scott Pettett, Utah Assistant Sports Information Director
The 90-story mountains of steel that dominate the New York City skyline pale in comparison to the 13,000-foot peaks that overshadow the Utah vista. A New York native, Lawrence Borha would be the first to concede that. But, that's not the only difference the freshman guard noticed.
"Life is a lot different out here," Borha noted. "It's a slower place than in New York and there's less commotion."
But, the Staten Island, N.Y., native had a preview of what to expect in Utah. Borha came to the U. via Moorpark, Calif., where he spent last season playing at Stoneridge Prep. There, he averaged 29 points per game and nearly shot 54 percent from the field.
Before leaving the Big Apple, he played high school ball at Ralph McKee Technical High School where he averaged 31 points on nearly 57 percent shooting. Borha was also named Staten Island's Most Outstanding Player.
"It wasn't too difficult getting used to the pace of life out here," Borha said. "I like the fast-paced lifestyle better but I really don't mind slowing it down at all.
"I came here because of the coaches," continues Borha. "I came to Salt Lake City for my visit and I thought the team was nice, the coaches were nice and I really liked the school."
Getting used to life outside of the hustle and bustle of New York wasn't the only transition Borha had go through. Making the jump from prep school to college has also been an experience for the 6-3, 205-pounder.
"College basketball is very different," said Borha. The pace is faster and the players are more physical. Basically, everything is different."
But, that isn't a deterrent for Borha. He started the season playing in all 22 games with five starts. He has averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game, and has drawn praise from the Utah coaching staff for his defensive efforts.
Borha had his highest scoring game in conference play with nine points in Utah's breakthrough road win at first-place San Diego State on Feb. 11.
"When I go out on the court, I want to be the best one out there at both ends of the court," Borha remarked.
"Lawrence is solid at every thing he does," head coach Ray Giacoletti said. "He listens very well and really wants to learn. He has the chance to have a great career here and we're excited to have someone of his potential with us for four years."
Borha isn't alone in making the transition to Division I basketball. There are six newcomers to the 2005-06 roster, five of which have seen the court. But, the guard sees the talent and is assured that the best has yet to come.
"We're a young team this year," Borha points out. "But, we're going to get better."