Life after basketball takes athletes in many different directions. We check on Syracuse basketball great Lawrence Moten to see what he’s been doing post SU.
Lawrence Moten is remembered as one of the best Syracuse basketball players of all-time. He is number one in scoring in the school’s history. However, his career ended a long time ago, but he continues to impact the Syracuse community.
First, we will dive into some of his success on the hardwood. Next to his coaching career, until finally, we dive into what Moten is doing to make a difference in lives across the city of Syracuse.
Moten started all four seasons for Jim Boeheim from 1991-95 and was a prolific scorer. Moten averaged over 19 points a game in his career on the Hill. His career total of 2,334 points is tops in Orange history. Moten also led all-time scoring in Big East games until this season. Just recently, Marquette’s Markus Howard bested Moten’s 25-year record. On the 19th, Moten was in the stadium to honor Markus Howard as the new Big East leader.
Following his impressive career at Syracuse, Moten made the leap to the NBA.
In1995 he was selected in the second round with the 36th overall pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies. Moten’s NBA career was shortlived. He went on to play two seasons for the Grizzlies and one year with the Washington Wizards. Even though his NBA playing career ended quickly, his impact on his community is just beginning.
In 2014, Moten became an assistant basketball coach for Gallaudet college, which is mainly for deaf or hearing impaired students. Gallaudet is in his hometown of D.C., and he coached there just for a short period of time.
Now Lawrence Moten is back in Syracuse, helping his community. Currently, he works for Promise Zone as a mentor in the Syracuse City School District. Specifically, Moten mentors a handful of students at Clary Middle School.
Lawrence Moten made a significant impact on Syracuse basketball history, leaving as one of the top scorers of all-time. He made his mark on the Big East as well for almost a quarter-century after his career finished. However, despite his great athletic accomplishments, his greatest legacy may just be starting. Moten continues to impact the Syracuse community by helping one person at a time.