Dedric and K.J. Lawson Leaving Hometown Memphis; Will Transfer


Brothers K.J. Lawson and Dedric Lawson announced they are leaving Memphis and will transfer for the upcoming season.

“Dedric and I (K.J.), along with our family would like to first thank the University of Memphis, the Men’s Basketball program, Coach Tubby Smith and Staff and above all, Tiger Nation, for giving us the opportunity to play for our Home Team,” the Lawson brothers stated in a release.”We are born and raised in Memphis, love the city with all our heart; however, we must do what is best for our future, our dreams, and our family, so we plan to transfer”

“While we have enjoyed our tenure here, the time has come for us to explore some new opportunities,” the statement read. “It is for that reason we are asking for a release from the University of Memphis Men’s Basketball program.”

The Lawson brothers became Memphis locks when Josh Pastner hired father Keelon Lawson as an assistant coach for the Tigers. With the elder Lawson’s departure, sons K.J. and Dedric followed suit and requested releases.

Memphis will lose 31.5 points, 18.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.5 blocks in a combined 68.2 minutes per game with McDonald’s All-American Dedric carrying the bulk of that statistical load. The two are responsible for 42.5% of the Tigers total points and 48.6% of their rebounding.

With the elder Lawson departing, it seems safe to say Memphis will miss out on younger brother Chandler Lawson who is a four-star in the 2019 class.

This is a Memphis team who hasn’t seen the NCAA Tournament in three straight seasons. With the departure of the Lawson brothers, it seems realistic that streak could continue into the 2017-18 season.


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