Lawson brothers Dedric, KJ leaving Memphis for Kansas

Coveted Memphis transfers K.J. and Dedric Lawson, brothers who attended their hometown university, plan to enroll at Kansas. K.J. appeared to confirm the news via his Twitter account. The 6'9 sophomore guard averaged 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game in 2016-17, earning him First Team All-AAC honors.

Both Lawson brothers were highly ranked recruits coming out of Hamilton High School in Memphis, with Dedric ranking 33rd and Keelon 54th at recruiting outlet Rivals.com.

They will sit out next season and be eligible to play in 2018-19. He took a redshirt season to recover from an Achilles injury. The former McDonald's All American will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Jayhawks.

Six-foot-7 K.J., who started 31 of 32 games, posted 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in 34 minutes per contest.

The Lawsons announced last Wednesday they meant to leave the Memphis Tigers program. One brother, Chandler, is a 4-star power forward in the 2019 class, and another, Johnathan, is only in eighth grade but considered one of the best prospects in the country for the 2021 high school class. Keelon Lawson was originally hired as an assistant by former Memphis head coach Josh Pastner, but was reassigned to the role of director of player personnel after Tubby Smith took the program over. Beyond that, a cousin, D.J. Jeffries, also is a Top 10 player in the 2019 class.

  • Julie Sanders