MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In a blow to the University of Memphis basketball program, Dedric and KJ Lawson are leaving the team and the school.
KJ Lawson wrote in a statement, “While we both have enjoyed our time here, the time has come for us to explore some new opportunities. It is for that reason that we are asking for a release from the University of Memphis Men’s Basketball program.”
Last month, senior center Chad Rykhoek announced he was transferring.
In his statement, Lawson went on to say, “We are born and raised in Memphis, love the city with all our hearts; however, we must do what is best for our future, our dreams, and our family, so we plan to transfer from the university.”
Lawson also thanked Coach Tubby Smith and his staff.
Coach Tubby Smith released the following statement:
“After meeting with K.J., Dedric, and their parents this morning, I was informed that K.J. and Dedric were going to be asking for their release from the University. I am surprised and disappointed in the decision, as they had a strong year for us, and were a big part of our success during the season. We want to thank the Lawson family as a whole and appreciate what they have contributed to the program. My staff and I are completely committed to building a strong program that is in line with the storied history of Memphis Basketball.”
K.J. Lawson posted his statement on twitter, and then deleted it, along with lyrics from a Drake song.
Don't want anyone here that doesn't want to be here. Plain & simple
— Jake McDowell (@jakemcdowell_42) April 5, 2017
Glenn Carver is gathering more information on this story.