The Memphis Tigers got two Lawsons for the price of one this week. Six days after hiring former UAB and LeMoyne-Owen basketball player Keelon Lawson as an assistant coach, his second-oldest son Dedric committed to Josh Pastner's squad, CBSSports' Gary Parrish reported Sunday.
Dedric told Parrish that "with [my father] being on staff, there's no other college I would rather go to." He informed reporters of his decision at the Peach Jam tournament, where he helped lead his team, coached by former NBA star Penny Hardaway, to the final. The Peach Jam is an Elite Youth Basketball League showcase put on annually by Nike that features many of the best prep players in the country.
The ESPN and 247Sports recruiting databases list Dedric, a 6-foot-8-inch forward, as the seventh-ranked player in the 2016 class. He is the highest-rated 2016 player to commit to a team thus far.
Dedric is one of four sought-after Lawson brothers. His older brother K.J. Lawson, a 6-foot 6 wing, had already committed to Memphis as a member of the 2015 class.
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- Will Green