On Thursday, college basketball insider Jeff Goodman broke the news that Kansas guard K.J. Lawson will enter his name in the NCAA transfer portal. Well, it didn’t take long for head coach Bill Self to confirm the report about the move.
With Dedric Lawson expected to enter the NBA Draft, it appears both brothers will leave Lawrence. After all, K.J. Lawson only saw 9.9 minutes of action per game for the Jayhawks.
The Lawson brothers came over from the Memphis Tigers. Clearly the increased competition in the Big 12 didn’t scare them from coming to Kansas.
Obviously they didn’t reach their ultimate goal of winning the national championship, but the Jayhawks did have a strong season. Despite all the injuries and the suspension to Silvio De Sousa, Kansas made it to the Round of 32.
Now, Self will have to reload his roster for the 2019-20 season.
Although K.J. Lawson is transferring from Kansas following one season, the coaching staff wishes him well with his next program. “We appreciate his time and efforts at KU and wish him the best moving forward,” Self said in a KU Athletics press release.
K.J. Lawson will leave KU as transfer, Bill Self confirms. …
“K.J. will graduate this spring and will transfer as a graduate transfer,” Self said. “We appreciate his time and efforts at KU and wish him the best moving forward.”
— Gary Bedore (@GaryBedore) April 5, 2019
While Lawson will transfer out of Kansas, the program might add a replacement in the form of Rayjon Tucker. The Arkansas-Little Rock star is considering the Jayhawks on his long list of suitors.
It’ll be an intriguing offseason for Kansas as its looks to get back on top of the Big 12 next season.