There was no question coming into the season that Dedric Lawson was one of the best prospects in a loaded 2016 class. Now as a sophomore Lawson looks improved and continues to assert himself as a premier player not only in his class, but in the country overall.
“I would say I’m a skilled four who can stretch the floor,” said the 6-foot-8 Lawson. “I can post up when I need to and I can knock down shots when I need to.”
On that 6-foot-8 frame with long arms, Lawson has an incredible ability to handle the basketball and has also shown range to 25 feet. With that it is no surprise that big time schools are checking in on him.
Still the one school that has done the most work is his hometown Memphis Tigers. Memphis already has a commitment from his older brother K.J. Lawson. The two brothers have talked about playing at the same school in college in the past, but so far Dedric says that K.J. hasn’t really been pressuring him too much.
“(K.J.) isn’t really too caught up into it,” said Lawson. “He simply committed to stay focused and worry about his grades. I know he really wants to get a high ACT score.”
Memphis is the school that Lawson is most familiar with, and also the school putting in the most time recruiting him, but he insists that he isn’t a lock to stay home and attend the school. When it comes to making a decision, Lawson knows what he is looking for in a program.
“I need a school whose style of play fits me,” said Lawson. “Sometimes guys pick a school and end up transferring because it isn’t the right fit for them. I want to go to a school that is going to make me better and that is the right fit for me so I can have the best chance of reaching my goals.”
Lawson is currently seen as the No. 2 power forward in the class of 2016 and the No. 5 player overall.