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Kansas Star Dedric Lawson Announces NBA Draft Decision

Dedric Lawson of the Kansas Jayhawks is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Oklahoma Sooners.

LAWRENCE, KANSAS - JANUARY 02: Dedric Lawson #1 of the Kansas Jayhawks is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse on January 02, 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

After a career year as a member of the Kansas Jayhawks, Dedric Lawson has emerged as a top prospect in the 2019 NBA Draft. With the option to stay in school or go pro, Lawson has now made his decision.

Taking to Instagram on Monday, Lawson revealed that he has decided to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. Lawson thanked the Kansas coaches and stated that the decision came from a desire to pursue his "life's dream."

After prayer and discussion with my family, I will pursue my life's dream by declaring for the NBA draft. I will begin my preparation for the NBA immediately.
RockChalk JayHawk for Life!!

Lawson played for the Memphis Tigers from 2015 to 2017, averaging 17.5 points per game over 65 total games played in his two years. In his freshman year at Memphis, Lawson earned AAC Rookie of the Year honors. As a sophomore, he led the Tigers in scoring with 19.2 points per game and was named First-Team All-AAC.

Lawson would go on to transfer to Kansas after his sophomore year and sat out the 2017-18 season. Upon joining the team the next season, he started all games for the Jayhawks for the 2018-19 campaign, averaging a career-high 19.4 points per game.

For his efforts, Lawson was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, and earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors.

Lawson certainly has the talent to thrive in the NBA, though it looks like he may have to wait a little bit to hear his name called. Mock drafts from Bleacher Report and Tankathon project Lawson being selected outside of the first round.