Memphis AD Bowen issues statement supporting Smith's program

Dedric Lawson, K.J. Lawson and Markel Crawford are leaving Memphis after averaging a combined 44.3 points and 22.4 rebounds for the Tigers (19-13) this season.

Smith just finished the first season of a five-year, $15.45 million contract.

Memphis Tigers forward Dedric Lawson (1) and forward K.J.

They committed to Memphis when Josh Pastner was head coach, but Pastner left for Georgia Tech.

Dedric Lawson was the most sought-after transfer available after averaging 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a sophomore with the Tigers this past season. Both have been around winning. "They've got a very good skill set and good motors".

Both brothers were big-time players for Memphis this past season.

Recruiting analyst Eric Bossi, of, called both players "impact guys". And they have a cousin, DJ Jeffries, who will probably be a McDonalds All American in the class of 2019.

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. One is a top-25 national recruit in the Class of 2019, the other a top-10 national recruit in the Class of 2021.

According to an official statement released by K.J. via Twitter on Monday morning, the Lawson brothers will be heading to play for head coach Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks.

  • Julie Sanders