Lawson named to Wooden Award Late Season Top-20 Watch List

LOS ANGELES – Kansas redshirt-junior Dedric Lawson has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 Watch List, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday night on ESPNU.
Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2018-19 season, the list is comprised of 20 student-athletes who are currently the front-runners for the honor and the John R. Wooden Award All American Team™.
After his 25 points and 10 rebounds against No. 16 Texas Tech last Saturday (2/2), Lawson has four double-doubles in his last five games. The Memphis, Tennessee, forward has seven double-doubles in his last 10 games and a Big 12-leading 15 for the season, which is tied for second nationally. Lawson, a Sporting News Midseason All-America First Team selection, has scored 20 or more points in 12 games this season, including three of the last four contests. He leads the Big 12 in scoring at 19.5 ppg and in rebounding at 10.9 rpg. 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 26 blocked shots and his 1.2 blocks per game are fifth in the conference.
Kansas has had representation each of the last two seasons at the Wooden Award ceremony as Frank Mason III won the award in 2017 and Devonte’ Graham was a finalist last year. Lawson is vying to become the third Jayhawk to win the honor with Mason in 2017 and Danny Manning in 1988.
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2018-19 Men’s Late Season Top 20 Watch List

Name School Conference Height Class Position
Nickeil Alexander-Walker Virginia Tech ACC 6-5 So. G
RJ Barrett Duke ACC 6-7 Fr. F
Ignas Brazdeikis Michigan Big Ten 6-7 Fr. F
Jordan Caroline Nevada Mountain West 6-7 Sr. G/F
Jarrett Culver Texas Tech Big 12 6-6 So. G
Mike Daum South Dakota State Summit League 6-9 Sr. F
Carsen Edwards Purdue Big Ten 6-1 Jr. G
Kyle Guy Virginia ACC 6-2 Jr. G
Rui Hachimura Gonzaga WCC 6-8 Jr. F
Ethan Happ Wisconsin Big Ten 6-10 Sr. F
Markus Howard Marquette Big East 5-11 Jr. G
De’Andre Hunter Virginia ACC 6-7 So. G
Dedric Lawson Kansas Big 12 6-9 Jr. F
Caleb Martin Nevada Mountain West 6-7 Sr. F
Ja Morant Murray State Ohio Valley 6-3 So. G
Shamorie Ponds St. John’s Big East 6-1 Jr. G
Admiral Schofield Tennessee SEC 6-6 Sr. G
Grant Williams Tennessee SEC 6-7 Jr. F
Zion Williamson Duke ACC 6-7 Fr. F
Cassius Winston Michigan State Big Ten 6-1 Jr. G

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