Lawson named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for second time this season
IRVING, Texas – Kansas redshirt junior Dedric Lawson posted his Big 12-leading sixth double-double in the Jayhawks’ 74-71 win versus No. 17/16 Villanova and has been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in a vote by a media panel which covers the league, the conference announced Monday.
Lawson scored a season-high 28 points and pulled down 12 rebounds against Villanova. He shot 66.7 percent (10-for-15) from the field, 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the free throw line and was clutch down the stretch making three free throws in the waning moments to seal the victory.
This is the second time this season Lawson has earned the newcomer honor and his fourth conference weekly award this season. The Memphis, Tennessee, forward was Big 12 Player of the Week Nov. 12 and 26 and also Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 2.
In addition to the leading the Big 12 in double-doubles, Lawson also leads the conference in scoring at 20.1 points per game and rebounding at 10.8 boards per contest. He is the only player in the Big 12 currently averaging a double-double and one of four players in NCAA Division I averaging 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds.
No. 1 Kansas (9-0) hosts South Dakota (6-5) in Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. (Central). The game will be televised on Jayhawk TV and ESPN+. Kansas is one of nine teams in NCAA Division I that is still undefeated.
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