Class of 2016 Stud Power Forward Dedric Lawson Commits to Memphis

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Dedric Lawson, a class of 2016 power forward out of Hamilton High School in Memphis, TN, has committed to play for head coach Josh Pastner and the Memphis Tigers. Lawson is rated 5 stars by the all the big recruting services i.e. Rivals, 247sports,, and Scout. Seen by many as the best power forward in the 2016 class, Lawson could have gone anywhere he wanted. However, his decision to play for the hometown Tigers became clear-cut when Pastner hired his father as an assistant coach less than a week ago.


Josh Pastner has always understood how to play the recruiting game, and his latest move further cements this truth. Dedric Lawson, one of the top recruits for the class of 2016, said recently that he would likely commit to play for the Tigers if his father was added to the coaching staff. In what was a no-brainer for Pastner, he hired Lawson's father. Lawson is labeled a power forward, but his game more resembles that of a small forward. At 6'8, 190, he has the ideal frame to play the three. He can stretch the floor with regularity as well as bang down low. He possesses a smooth stroke for a big man, and his range extends out to the three-point line. His handles are advanced for someone his size, and his ball-handling ability allows him to be an above-average slasher. Despite his slender frame, Lawson has demonstrated the capability to work in the post. He has great footwork and skill moves on the low block. One thing you won't get a lot from Lawson is play above the rim. He's not an athletic guy, and his movements generally lack elite speed. If he gets in the gym and works on his explosiveness and bolsters his thin frame, the sky will be the limit for Lawson.

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