Dedric Lawson Declares For The NBA Draft


Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball standout Dedric Lawson has declared for the NBA Draft, the 2018-19 redshirt-junior forward announced via Twitter Monday morning.

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“Dedric informed me shortly after the season of his intentions to declare for the NBA Draft,” KU head coach Bill Self said. “He had a chance to go home and visit with family about this and we totally support his decision and wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

“Dedric came here, sat out last season, and had only one year to participate in competition,” Self added. “Dedric had such a great year. There are not very many players who have played at Kansas, or players that I have coached, that average 19 points and 10-plus rebounds in a season. I feel like it is in his best interest to use this year as a springboard into his professional future. He could not have represented our program, the University or his family any better than how he did. All Jayhawk fans should be excited for him.”

Lawson expressed his intentions via social media.

“After prayer and discussion with my family, I will pursue my life’s dream by declaring for the NBA draft,” Lawson tweeted. “I will begin my preparation for the NBA immediately. Rock Chalk Jayhawk for Life!!”

Named Consensus All-America Third Team, Lawson concluded his lone season at Kansas averaging 19.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, leading the Big 12 in both stats and becoming the first Jayhawk to average a double-double since Thomas Robinson who averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds in 2011-12. The 2019 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection, Lawson is the only player in the league averaging a double-double.

Lawson amassed 22 double-doubles in 2018-19 which ranked tied for second nationally and third on the Kansas single-season list. The Memphis, Tennessee, forward’s 700 points rank ninth on the KU single-season scoring list and his 371 rebounds are eighth on the school season list. Lawson was a three-time Big 12 Player of the Week (11/12, 11/26, 12/26) and five-time league newcomer of the week (12/3, 12/17, 1/14, 1/28, 2/11) this past season.

“First, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the talent and opportunities to play the game I love,” is how Lawson’s tweet started. “I would also like to thank Coach Self, KU coaching staff, academic advisors, and the best fans in the country from the University of Kansas allowing me to recreate myself and display my talents.”

Lawson, who sat out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA rules, has been a double-double machine throughout his college career. He amassed 36 double-doubles in two seasons while at Memphis (17 as a freshman and 19 as a sophomore). Lawson led Memphis in scoring and rebounding both his freshman (15.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and sophomore (19.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg) seasons.

Historically, Lawson has 58 career double-doubles, which are fourth on the NCAA Division I active list. He was the only non-senior on the NCAA Division I top-10 list.

Lawson is the third member of the 2018-19 roster that will not be returning next season. Guards Charlie Moore and K.J. Lawson have announced their intentions to transfer.

Dedric Lawson 2018-19 Honors
Consensus All-America Third Team [2019]
Associated Press All-America Third Team [2019]
NABC All-America Third Team [2019]
USBWA All-America Third Team [2019]
Big 12 All-Tournament Team [2019]
The Sporting News All-America Second Team [2019]
All-Big 12 First Team [2019]
Big 12 Newcomer of the Year [2019]
Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Finalist (1 of 5)
Naismith Trophy Semifinalist (1 of 10)
Naismith Trophy Midseason Team (1 of 30)
Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Watch List (1 of 10)
Oscar Robertson Trophy Final Midseason Watch List (1 of 12)
Wooden Award Midseason Watch List (1 of 25)
3x Big 12 Player of the Week (11.12, 11.26, 12.26)
5x Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (12.2, 12.17, 1.14, 1.28, 2.11)
Oscar Robertson Midseason Watch List (1 of 20)
NIT Season Tip-Off Most Valuable Player
Wooden Award Preseason Watch List (1 of 50)
NABC Player of the Year candidate (1 of 20)
Preseason Associated Press All-America
Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Candidate (1 of 20)
Preseason All-Big 12 First Team

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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