Circuit court judge rumored as possible Scalia replacement on Supreme Court hails from Lawrence

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has created national buzz about who will replace him on the U.S. Supreme Court. Within hours of Scalia's death, the name of a man who grew up in Lawrence started to gain traction.

Lawrence is a town of great diversity, and a place some say shaped the mind of 48-year-old Sri Srinivasan. Srinivasan's father was a math professor at the University of Kansas. FOX 4 is told that the Washington, D.C. circuit court judge is flexible on many things, except KU basketball because he's a huge fan.

During his high school years at Lawrence High School, Sri, as his friends call him, played basketball and was a member of several high school clubs.

Steven Mc Allister, a law professor at the University of Kansas, says Sri, a Stanford educated lawyer, is a brilliant man who would make an outstanding Supreme Court justice.

"Someone who can make a difference, someone not as conservative as Scalia could move the court on a number of issues," said McAlister.

If Srinivasan gets the nomination and is confirmed, he would be the court's third Kansan.