Kansas’ nine-year streak of NBA Draft selections came to an end on Thursday night. But at least one of the Jayhawks’ two draft-eligible stars has found an NBA team for the coming season.
According to Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Chris Haynes, Kansas forward Dedric Lawson has committed to playing Summer League for the Golden State Warriors. Lawson decided to forego his senior year at Kansas after leading the Big 12 in scoring and rebounds to enter the NBA Draft.
The 21-year-old forward averaged 19.4 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game in 36 games during his lone year at Kansas. Prior to joining Kansas, he was an equally solid performer for the Memphis Tigers before transferring after 2017.
Lawson and Kansas guard Lagerald Vick both went undrafted on Thursday night, ending a streak of Kansas players getting drafted that had lasted since 2010.
Undrafted forward Dedric Lawson out of Kansas has committed to playing Summer League with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. He was the BIG 12’s top scorer (19.1) and rebounder (10.6).
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 21, 2019
Lawson’s NBA Draft snub came as a bit of a surprise to Kansas head coach Bill Self.
Speaking to the media via teleconference after the draft, Self revealed that while he was not surprised that LaGerald Vick failed to find an NBA home, he was “somewhat surprised” Lawson didn’t hear his name called.
Bill Self says on a post-draft teleconference call that he's not surprised Lagerald Vick didn't get picked, but is somewhat surprised Dedric Lawson was not selected. #kubball
— Tyler Greever (@WIBWTyler) June 21, 2019
While Lawson’s Summer League contract with the Warriors is no guarantee that he’ll ever see the court for the team, it’s a better opportunity than many of his fellow undrafted college stars have gotten thus far.