There’s good news for the Memphis Tigers Basketball program. It has nothing to do with the current players. Instead it’s about a player for the future of the program. K.J. Lawson, a local prospect from Hamilton High School, committed to Memphis on Monday. This is another top prospect for Josh Pastner as the Tigers keep getting great talent onto the court.
Lawson is rated a 4-star prospect by ESPN. Standing firm at 6-7, 200-pounds, Lawson told the Commercial Appeal that he wanted to get his commitment out of the way so he can focus on what he will bring to the Tigers for the 2015-2016 season.
“I just didn’t want to go through the recruiting process,” said Lawson, who’s the first commit for the Tigers’ 2015 class. “The city loves me and Memphis has recruited me since Day 1, since Pastner got the job in 2009.”
“And I really did this to open up the recruiting process for my brothers, so people won’t think they have to recruit me to get my brothers.”
Lawson was being watched heavily during the summer when he was playing AAU basketball. He’s currently ranked No. 21 in the country in his class by ESPN.com.
With one brother out of the way, Memphis is now focusing on the middle sibling who’s making some noise on the court as well. Dedric Lawson is currently ranked in the top five in the class of 2016. There’s a chance that Dedric might head to Memphis as well. K.J. will definitely try to persuade him to come on the ride as a Tiger. As K.J. had mentioned, Memphis was the frontrunner for him and his brother.
Not only Pastner has the Lawson’s brothers in mind, he has other recruits targeted as well. Evangelical Christian School junior forward Skal Labissiere, Jackson, Miss., guard Malik Newman, Georgia forwards Jaylen Brown and Daniel Giddens and Chicago guard Charles Matthews are the other prospects.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.