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Dedric Lawson

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Name: Dedric Lawson

School: Memphis

Season: Sophomore

ESPN High School Ranking: 26 (2015)

Birthdate: October 1, 1997 (19)

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennesse

Family: Brother K.J. is also a starter for Memphis

High School: Arlington Country Day


- 2015 McDonald's All-American

- 2015 Jordan Brand Classic

- Named to Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team

- 2015-16 American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year 

- 2015-16 American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team

- 2015-16 Second Team All-American Athletic Conference

- 6x AAC Rookie of the Week 

Twitter: dsmoove1_2many

Instagram: dsmoove1_2many

Height: 6'8

Weight: 225

Wingspan: 7'2.5

Standing Reach: 8'10.5

No Step Vert: 22.5

Max Vert: 28

Body Fat %: 11.1

Injury History: Missed game in Freshman season vs. Tulane with abdominal strain

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Has strong southern accent

- Working on his lateral movement

- Sees himself as a stretch 4 in the NBA

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 15.8 PPG

- 9.3 RPG

- 2.5 APG

- 1.7 BPG

- 1.2 SPG

- 41% FG

- 35% 3

- 71% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: Through 15 games

- 20.2 PPG

- 11.1 RPG

- 4 APG

- 2.6 BPG

- 1.3 SPG

- 49% FG

- 26% 3

- 73% FT


- 20th in defensive rebounds in the NCAA

- 19th in total rebounds in the NCAA

- 14th in total blocks in the NCAA

- 17th in blocks per game in the NCAA

- 19th in points produced in the NCAA

- 14th in defensive win shares in the NCAA

- 11th in total win shares in the NCAA

- 18th in box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 1st in points produced per game, win shares, points per game, rebounds per game, free throws made, 2 point field goals, defensive rebounds, and points produced in the AAC in 2016-17

Position: PF

Greatest Strength: Finishing at the basket

Greatest Weakness: Defending the pick and roll

Athleticism: 6

Aggression: 6

Speed: 6

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 5

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 5

3 point shooting: 4

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: 7

Handle: 6

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 6

Touch: 6

Hands: 6

On ball defense: 5

Help defense: 7

Steals: 7

Blocks: 8

Pick and Roll: 

- Lawson is a poor pick and roll defender as his feet are too slow to show and recover

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Long arms

- Good finisher around the basket, under control

- Very slow feet

- Poor athlete

- Good passer

- Likes to go baseline - gets himself in trouble

- Can't get away from the basket or he will get beaten

- Plays below the rim

- Not physical enough - needs to put stronger body on boxouts

- Poor help defender - too slow

Game Analysis:

- vs. Oklahoma

- #11 Kristian Doolittle

- #21 Dante Buford

- #4 Jamuni McNeace

- #12 Khadeem Lattin

- Good post feed on baseline cut from high post

- Catches right corner deep, squares up, misses jumper - bad shot

- Good backdoor cut behind the D, receives high-low and lays it in reverse

- Slow recovering on the pick and roll - shows on guard, can't recover to even contest, Buford hits an open 3

- Good boxout on offensive boards, gets rebound and putback with left, fouled - FT 1/1

- Catches short corner off a drive, power dribble to reverse and hits layup

- Poor positioning - allows deep catch and layup

- Good outlet pass ahead in transition

- Catches on right block, pumps, drives left, misses bank shot attempt with the left badly

- Catches right short corner, spins baseline, gets stuck, throws nice pass to KJ Lawson in corner for weakside 3 - bailed out, gets himself stuck baseline too often 

- Catches right 45 3 - hits 3

- Gets beaten on help

- Catches deep in post on right block, turns right and banks shot with right - miss

- Slow recovering in zone, gives up easy short corner floater

- Fouled on defensive boards 1 and 1 - FTs 2/2

- Great pass ahead in transition for a layup

- Strips Lattin squared up at left block then loses it on offensive end trying to dribble behind his back at 3 point line

- Catches on the roll, pumps at help defender, one dribble gather and lays up reverse right - nice move

- Stepback 3 straightaway - miss

- McNeace catches back to the basket on left block, turns right, Lawson reaches and fouls him shooting

- Catches right short corner off penetration, drives baseline for a dunk

- Good strip on closeout at left 45 and pass off for dunk in transition

- Catch and shoot straightaway 3 - miss

- After breaking the trap gets straight line drive right to hoop for layin

- Poor help again - shows body on strongside drive but bad angle and reaches for foul

- Catches at free throw line and hits jumper

NBA Comparison: Trevor Booker (less agile)

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 6.5-7

Projected Draft Spot: 2nd Round

Opinion: Lawson is too slow to guard modern NBA 3s and 4s and not tough enough to play C. He has solid instincts and can finish around the hoop, but he is not a good enough athlete, rebounder, or defender to play significant minutes in the NBA.