Former Memphis standouts Dedric and K.J. Lawson are transferring to Kansas, their father, Keelon Lawson, told CBS Sports on Monday.
A formal announcement is expected soon.
Dedric Lawson is a former McDonald’s All-American who averaged 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season while his brother K.J. averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds. Each will sit out next season per normal NCAA transfer rules and then play for the Jayhawks in the 2018-19 season. (Via CBSsports.com)
What a freaking week for the Kansas Jayhawks. In sports, you can’t really win anything in the offseason, but if you can, the Kansas Jayhawks just picked up a huge W. First the Jayhawks got their point guard, Devonte Graham, back for another season. It was rumored that he might forgo his Senior Year and enter the NBA draft. That was all put to rest when Devonte announced on his Twitter page he was coming back for his senior year. I wrote earlier in the season, that Devonte Graham, was the unsung hero for Kansas basketball. Now he is the face of the program and may be in line to win multiple National Player of the year awards, just like his teammate, Frank Mason, did this year.
That all happened on Sunday. So all Kansas fans were relieved, because, with Devonte coming back, they are National Title favorites. However, that wasn’t the only W for Kansas this week.
It was announced today that former Memphis Tigers, Dedric and K.J. Lawson are transferring to Kansas. This is an absolute huge get for Bill Self and company. The two brothers will have to sit out one year, but after that, they have 2 years of eligibility left. This is huge for the Jayhawks, becuase after this year, they are bound to lose players like Devonte Graham, Udoka Azibuke and Malik Newman to the NBA. This is where the Lawson brothers slide right in to replace those guys and help the Jayhawks reload.
Bill Self and his assistant coaches can now go out and find recruits that help fit the style in which the Lawson brothers play. The Lawson brothers are really easy to play with, as they spread the floor, Kansas is already a high market for recruits and this should just elevate their chances to land more Mcdonald’s All Americans, because they already have 2 solid pieces for the season after next.
Dedric Lawson, stands at 6’9″ and averaged 19.2 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game. He is a prototypical power forward, that will thrive in Bill Self’s high low system. His brother, K.J. is 6’7″ and averaged 12.3 points per game and 8. 1 rebounds per game. Combined the two averaged 31.5 points per game and 18 rebounds per game. That is going to fit extremely well in the Kansas system.
These two kids can ball, and yes, they had their problems in Memphis because they tried to change the program and be the hometown heroes. Memphis fans gave them a lot of heat, for really nothing, but now they get a fresh start, at a better program, with another hall of fame coach, and they will absolutely thrive in the Kansas system.
And if everything goes well for the Lawson brothers and the Lawson family at Kansas, the brothers also have two younger brothers and a cousin that are extremely talented and top 100 recruits. If all goes well, Bill Self can land even more top recruits from the Lawson family.
Welcome aboard Lawson Family.
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All stats were used from ESPN.com