Former Memphis stars Dedric and K.J. Lawson are transferring to Kansas, according to their father. The brothers will need to sit out one season before playing for the Jayhawks.
Memphis’ loss is Kansas’ gain — now and possibly in the future.
Former Tigers standouts and twin brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson are transferring to Kansas, their father, Keelon, told CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish on Monday. Dedric, a 6-foot-9 forward and former McDonald’s All-American, finished second in the American Athletic Conference in scoring at 19.2 points per game and led the conference with 9.9 boards per contest. K.J. is 6-foot-7 and averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds.
The Lawsons will have to sit out one season per NCAA transfer rules and will play the 2018-19 campaign as redshirt juniors.
But the intrigue over the Lawsons transferring to Kansas is just beginning. 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.
Also, their cousin D.J. Jeffries is a 5-star small forward in the 2019 class. Kansas head coach Bill Self luring Dedric and K.J. to Lawrence could provide even more benefits in the future for the Jayhawks, who already have won 13 straight Big 12 titles and made a run to the Elite Eight this past season.
Self’s reputation of developing players for the NBA — consider freshman Josh Jackson likely will be a top-five pick in this year’s NBA Draft — likely played a role in the Lawsons, and potentially their brothers and cousin, deciding on Kansas.