Bill Self and his Kansas staff received some immediate help from two experienced offensive talents, as 6-9 Dedric Lawson (above Left) and 6-7 K.J. Lawson (above Right) will transfer to Kansas next fall.
Dedric and K.J. Lawson combined to average 31.5 points, 18 rebounds, and 6.1 assists this past season at Memphis. Sophomore Dedric, a McDonald’s All-American, averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds while redshirt freshman K.J. averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Tigers in 2016-17.
But with the change of coaches last year at Memphis, Josh Pastner moving to Georgia Tech (basically forced to find new school), and the arrival of Memphis Coach Tubby Smith from Texas Tech…it looked good for Memphis, but didn’t turn out that way, as the Lawson Brothers are the final duo out of six total players that have transferred from Memphis this year.
Some people close to the program feel the handling or mishandling, however you view it, of former full-time assistant Keelon Lawson, who was demoted to director of player development, and Dedric & K.J’s father, may have been the ultimate reason that they are leaving Memphis.
But, make no mistake about it, this duo is an excellent pick-up for the Kansas Jayhawks. As noted, they both average close to a double-double each night out and will give the Jayhawks some instant offense up front, lots of experience and maturity, and two talented players who should be ready to make a big time contribution in Lawrence from day one!
They will become eligible to play in Lawrence starting with the 2018-19 season.
Their attending Kansas could have some residual benefits as their younger brothers Chandler (Class of 2019) and Johnathan (Class of 2021) are both currently rated among the nation’s top twenty prospects in their respective classes.