Tigers forward named American player of the week again
MEMPHIS, Tenn-After setting an American Athletic Conference record for Rookie of the Week honors last season, Dedric Lawson has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after leading the Tigers to a 1-1 week including an overtime win at Oklahoma on Saturday.
Lawson averaged 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game for the Tigers, and had just four turnovers over the two games. He led the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and tied in blocks during the week. He hit 15-of-30 shots from the field, 2-of-8 from long range, and 12-of-14 (85.7%) from the charity stripe.
In the opener against Monmouth, he flirted with a triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists while adding two steals and a blocked shot. Lawson hit 5-of-13 shots from the field, 1-of-5 from long range, and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
At Oklahoma Lawson played 43 of the game’s 45 minutes, and scored 26 points with 12 rebounds. He also dished out a game-high four assists while blocking a game-high three shots.
His nine double-doubles this season are tied for the most in NCAA Division I, and his 26 career double-doubles are tied with Joey Dorsey for 9th-most in a career in program history.
This season he is averaging 20.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, while also averaging 3.7 assists per contest. He is the only player in the American Athletic Conference to rank inside of the top-10 in scoring, rebounding, and assists, and is one of two players to rank inside of the top-15 in all three categories – and older brother K.J. Lawson is the other.
The Tigers host Incarnate Word on Wednesday, December 21 at FedExForum at 7 p.m. The game is the capstone of the athletic department toy drive. The University, in conjunction with Memphis mayor Jim Strickland and the city of Memphis, welcome unwrapped toys at the on-campus ticket center (in the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame), or at the entrance of FedExForum on Wednesday evening. With an unwrapped toy, fans will receive a free ticket for Wednesday evening’s game.