Report: Jayhawks expected to land Memphis transfers


Memphis’ Dedric Lawson in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Memphis’ Dedric Lawson in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) by Matt Tait

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reported Monday, through information obtained from their father, that former Memphis standouts Dedric and K.J. Lawson plan to transfer to Kansas.

The two brothers, who are natives of Memphis, where they attended Hamilton High, will sit out the 2017-18 season per NCAA transfer rules and be eligible in time for the 2018-19 season,

Last season, they combined to average more than 30 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists per game for Tubby Smith's Tigers, who finished the season 19-13.

Dedric Lawson, a 6-foot-9, 236-pound sophomore and former McDonald's All-American, averaged a double-double — 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game — while his brother, K.J Lawson, a 6-7, 210-pound, red-shirt freshman, averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Both players committed to former Memphis coach Josh Pastner, who has since moved on to Georgia Tech. Their father, Keelon Lawson, held a position on Pastner's staff but was demoted after Smith arrived in town.

Just after noon on Monday, K.J. confirmed the news with a Tweet that read, "ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK"

None by Keelon Lawson

According to Parish's report, the latest recruiting haul by Kansas might pay dividends beyond the next two seasons, as Dedric and K.J. have two younger brothers — Chandler and Johnathan — who are top prospects in the 2019 and 2021 classes. Beyond that, a cousin, D.J. Jeffries, also is a Top 10 player in the 2019 class.

Though ineligible next season, the Lawson brothers will be able to practice with the team all year, providing some tough competition for KU's rotation players to battle on a daily basis throughout the year.

Dedric Lawson will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the upcoming season and K.J. Lawson, if he applies for and is granted a sixth year of eligibility because of injury issues earlier in his career, would have three years of eligibility remaining.

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 5 months ago

Best free agents on the market! Works for Gonzaga is guess.

Creg Bohrer 5 years, 5 months ago

Too bad it doesn't work like the NBA we could have sent them Bragg and a future first rounder..

Joe Joseph 5 years, 5 months ago

Wow. Huge.

2018-2019 looking much more solid.

Pius Waldman 5 years, 5 months ago

Well those guys get to go to Italy. Man commit without a visit. Hope the family gets to move to Lawrence and those high school guys play at Lawrence Hi or Free State.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 5 months ago

I love this idea of signing proven transfers and banking scholarships. Self is a master recruiter mixing program players with OADs and transfers. I'm not sure if that's his plan but it's working. We should expect every year for Self to hold back a couple of scholarships to take advantage of transfers.

Jonathan Allison 5 years, 5 months ago

So Dedric has not already redshirted a season and would not lose a year of elegibility, thus, having two years remaining to play at KU.

Younger brother K.J. already used a redshirt season, but it appears to have been a medical redshirt. He will be required to sit out next season, but there is a chance that he doesn't lose a season of eligibility since his first redshirt season was injury related. Then he would have three years of eligibility.

Both players look to be solid additions to KU, as they accounted for 42% of Memphis' scoring and 48% of its rebounding last season. Wish they were available next season.

Both players shoot threes, but neither of them shot a good percentage last season (29% for D. Lawson, and 33% for K. Lawson). Memphis as a team shot just 29%, so their percentages will likely go up at KU.

Steve Williams 5 years, 5 months ago

wonder if we could be in the mix for grad transfer Markel Crawford,, also from memphis

Tim Orel 5 years, 5 months ago

Just hoping the kids' father works out more like Ed Manning than like Lonzo Ball's father.

Robert Brock 5 years, 5 months ago

Let's hope their father stays in Memphis.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 5 months ago

Not a bad sentiment Tim and Robert. Let the young men proceed on their own. We certainly don't need a Lavar Ball type of meddler. Kind of reminiscent of David Padgett's father and perhaps Connor Frankamp's, on a considerably smaller scale.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

Or maybe like Mario's dad. Coach Self has a way of facilitating family whether it be sons in the program the university or the greater Jayhawks family (Langford Buford etc).

It's all good but should be noted that the lack of depth this year is very related to the number of transfer players taking spots on the roster.

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