Kansas Forward Dedric Lawson Talks Transfer; Sitting Out

Dedric Lawson, the 6-foot-9 junior forward from Kansas spoke with D1VISION contributor Neal Schnoor on Friday about having to sit out this next season due to transfer rules.

“I think it will help a lot, understanding how coach [Bill] Self wants to play and the things that he wants us to learn and do,” said Lawson on sitting out. “He has a different philosophy from my previous coaches that I’m getting adjusted to, so I think that I will be well adjusted and ready to play.”

Lawson, along with his brother KJ, announced their transfer from Memphis in April. They will sit out the 2017-18 season then have two years of eligibility remaining. He spoke Friday about the transfer. 

“It is way different,” Lawson said about the difference between Memphis and Kansas. “Coach Self plays at a way faster pace than our previous coach. My last coach did a very good job of breaking things down things with ball movement. Coach Self wants to score quicker.”

The Lawson have two younger brothers, Memphis East (TN) forward Chandler Lawson is a four-star in the 2019 class, and youngest brother Jonathan who is a member of the 2021 class.

Earlier this year, Dedric was suspended following an altercation in practice, forcing him to miss Kansas’ trip to Italy in August. In August, he was also accused of walking out on an $88 bar tab.

As a high schooler at Hamilton (TN) High School, Lawson was a McDonald’s All-American. Last season at Memphis, Lawson averaged 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

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