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Lawson on Fire at Peach Jam

<p>On every occasion that the staff of GBW has watched <b>Tywon Lawson</b> play, we've been extremely impressed. The Class of 2006 PG had been lighting up the summer scene heading into the Peach Jam and has continued his stellar play in South Carolina. The Insiders Report Staff checks in with a report on his performance at teh Nike Sponsored event up to this point. </p> <p><strong><font size="3">***GBW Photos Included***</font></strong></p>

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- He might be a point guard in size, but Tywon Lawson has proven that he's a capable scorer from the lead guard slot.

A rising junior from Bishop McNamara in Forestville, Md., Lawson has looked sharp here at the Nike Peach Jam Tournament playing for Rob Jackson's D.C. Blue Devil program.

On Thursday morning in an 89-83 victory over the Miami Tropics, Lawson pumped in 31 points and dished out five assists to aid the Blue Devil cause.

The well constructed 5-11, 170 pound point guard said that he's been offered scholarships by Maryland and Georgetown thus far. Others showing early interest include Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Michigan and Louisville.


Tywon Lawson shows he can finish intraffic at the Weber Tourney earlier this year


"Right now, I just want to enjoy it until I decide where I want to go," Lawson said. "But I am looking at several factors in picking a school, such as who is going to be at my position and how long will it be that I have to play behind him."

Both Lawson and D.C. Blue Devil teammate Kevin Durant have talked about the possibility of a package deal. The duo are among the top prospects in what is shaping up to be a strong 2006 class.


Kevin Durant (left) and Tywon Lawson (right with the ball) on the break


This past season, Lawson averaged 19.5 points, eight assists and two steals per game at Bishop Mac.

On top of showing excellent scoring tools, Lawson has also displayed good passing skills here at the Peach Jam. He throws crisp catchable passes and will use the bounce pass to his advantage when necessary.

"I am working to get quicker on defense, especially my footspeed," he said. "I'm only an average leaper, so I would like to get more athletic."


Lawson knifes to the basket yet again


Lawson is also grappling with the different roles he faces on the high school and travel team circuits. In high school, he's more of a distributor, while on the AAU circuit, he has more freedom to score.

He's expecting that role to change as he enters his junior year at Bishop Mac.

"Right now, they have me as a scorer," Lawson said. "They put in plays for me to score."

And when you can shoot the ball like Tywon Lawson, that's not a bad idea.


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