Lawson earns seventh Big 12 weekly honor this season
IRVING, Texas – Kansas redshirt-junior Dedric Lawson’s back-to-back double-doubles against nationally-ranked opponents have earned him co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors in a vote by a media panel which covers the league, the conference announced Monday. This is the fourth conference newcomer of the week for Lawson and his seventh weekly award by the league in 2018-19.
Lawson opened the week scoring 29 points and tying a season high with 15 rebounds in KU’s 80-76 win against No. 24 Iowa State. The Memphis, Tennessee, forward was 13-for-17 (76.5 percent) from the field, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range, in the victory. At No. 8 Kentucky, Lawson posted 20 points and 15 rebounds in the 71-63 loss to the Wildcats. For the week, Lawson was 20-for-35 (57.1 percent), including 4-for-5 from 3-point range. Lawson earned the honor with Baylor’s Makai Mason.
A Wooden Award Midseason finalist and Sporting News Midseason All-America First Team selection, Lawson has six double-doubles in his last seven games and a Big 12-leading 14 for the season, which is tied for second nationally. He has scored 20 or more points in his last two games and 11 times this season. He is second in the Big 12 in scoring at 19.5 ppg and leads the league in rebounding at 11.1 rpg, which is eighth nationally. He is the only player in the league averaging a double-double. A three-time Big 12 Player of the Week (11/12, 11/26, 12/26) and four-time league newcomer of the week (12/3, 12/17, 1/14, 1/28), Lawson leads KU with 22 blocked shots and his 1.1 blocks per game are eighth in the conference.
Kansas (16-4, 5-2) plays at Texas (11-9, 3-4) on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.
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