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Monday, May 13, 2019

Reports: K.J. Lawson to join Tulane as grad transfer

Kansas guard K.J. Lawson (13) hangs for a shot against West Virginia forward Emmitt Matthews Jr. (11) and West Virginia forward Lamont West (15) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard K.J. Lawson (13) hangs for a shot against West Virginia forward Emmitt Matthews Jr. (11) and West Virginia forward Lamont West (15) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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After a little more than a month of searching, former Kansas basketball guard K.J. Lawson has found his next college basketball home.

Stadium’s Jeff Goodman and CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported Monday afternoon that Lawson, who only played one season at KU after transferring with brother Dedric from Memphis, committed to play at Tulane.

As a graduate transfer, the 23-year-old K.J. Lawson will be eligible to play next season for the Green Wave and the program’s new head coach, Ron Hunter.

Lawson played rather sparingly during his one season in uniform for the Jayhawks, averaging 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in 35 minutes per game. Even so, the 6-foot-8 reserve played a key role in a few of KU’s victories, including his 13-point performance in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and timely scoring en route to 10 points in a rare road victory for this past season’s Jayhawks at TCU.

A four-star high school prospect in the Class of 2015, Lawson signed with his hometown college basketball program, Memphis. But between an injury-shortened freshman season with the Tigers and sitting out the 2017-18 season at KU as a transfer, he has only played two full seasons of college basketball since. During his lone year with the Jayhawks he was a redshirt sophomore.

When Lawson was a full-time starter at Memphis in 2016-17, he averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds. He should have a better opportunity to replicate those types of numbers with Tulane next season than he would have at KU.

The Green Wave, a member of the American Athletic Conference, went winless in league play this past season and 4-27 overall under then head coach Mike Dunleavy.

Comments

Ryan Mullen 6 days, 8 hours ago

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Wooden 6 days, 8 hours ago

How will he survive without his brother on the team! Best wishes.

Ryan Ferree 6 days, 5 hours ago

"Lawson played rather sparingly during his one season in uniform for the Jayhawks, averaging 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in 35 minutes per game."

35mn per game huh? Maybe 35 minutes total in big 12 play.

Steve Zimmerman 6 days, 4 hours ago

WTF will all the negativity? You call yourselves as fans? Shame on you.

Let's wish KJ best of luck for his new endeavor - after all he's a Jayhawk. He's a fighter. A good one. What I will remember is he plays his heart out when he's on the floor. We will miss you, KJ!!

Bryce Landon 6 days, 4 hours ago

Tulane is considered on par academically with the Ivy League schools, and is considered a "Southern Ivy". But its basketball program leaves a lot to be desired. Tulane has only made three NCAA Tournament appearances in its entire history and none since 1995. Tulane basketball is better known for the Hot Rod Williams point-shaving scandal of 1985 that resulted in the university falling on the sword, so to speak, and disbanding the program for a few years.

Tim Orel 6 days, 2 hours ago

For these reasons, I hope he really is going to work for a graduate degree. Not sure what his future would be like as a BB player, but here's hoping he gets a masters degree from a quality school.

Brian Wilson 5 days, 16 hours ago

Wow....you guys are cold! Best of luck K.J. you will always be a part of the Jayhawk family and can wear a Jayhawk on your sleeve.

On a per minute basis K.J. and Garrett were neck and neck as 5th most productive players on the team. Lightfoot was 7th and Grimes 8th. IMO, K.J. should have been starting alongside his brother. and for whatever reason HCBS could not bring himself to do it or find time for K.J. Sometimes sleeping talent, uncanny knack, personality, and demeanor are factors as well. I'm not saying K.J. is a Pro overlooked but when he was in the game, K.J. was contributing while most of the time Grimes was sleeping. JMO?!

Robert Brock 5 days, 15 hours ago

KJ has transferred from a food desert to the greatest Foodie Town of them all. Good luck. And good eating!

Jay Scott 5 days, 15 hours ago

Big Easy cuisine is good but a touch overrated.

If he wanted real foodie heaven he should have gone to St Johns.

Leon Trotter 4 days, 23 hours ago

I imagine he is in a better financial position than most students but it's way easier to eat well for cheap in NO. The NY food scene isn't all that great if you cannot afford to eat most of it.

(In this hypothetical world where he based his decision on local cuisine)

Waylon Cook 4 days, 13 hours ago

You really are not familiar with what a "food desert" is...

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