2015 guard receiving attention

2015 Memphis combo guard K.J. Lawson, who is playing with the Team Penny 16s AAU team at the Elite Youth Invitational in Augusta, GA this week, is already receiving recruiting attention from college coaches throughout the nation.

  • Name: K.J. Lawson
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: Hamilton (TN) High School
  • AAU: Team Penny, Bluff City Legends, 16s
  • Position: Combo Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-7, 190 pounds
  • Colleges of Interest: Arkansas (offer), Georgetown, LSU, Memphis (offer), Miami, Mississippi State (offer), Ole Miss (offer), Texas, UCLA

  • While most coaches come to watch the 17U teams play at the big AAU events such as the Elite Youth Invitational that is being played during the latter part of the July recruiting period, eight college coaches, including assistants from Mississippi State, Arkansas and Memphis, were on hand to watch the 2015 guard K.J. Lawson play in a 16U AAU game.

    What they saw was a player who can play positions all over the court.

    "I'm versatile, I can play just about every position on the court," said Lawson, who played both guard positions on offense and in the post on defense during the game. "I can play on the wing and post up little guards. I really play the one (position) but on this team (the head coach) is letting the 10th grader start because I just came from the AAU Nationals."

    He's also a very good offensive player who can score inside or outside.

    "My offensive game is deadly because I can do it all," said.

    He's also very effective when handling the ball.

    "I have been raised to dribble the ball so I can handle the ball, I can pass, really I can do everything," he Lawson.

    And numerous college coaches have liked what they have seen from the talented youngster.

    "Coaches from Memphis, LSU, Georgetown, Texas, UCLA, Miami, Arkansas, Mississippi State have watched me play this summer," said the 6-foot-7 guard.

    Several college have already extended offers, according to his dad and head AAU coach, Keelon Lawson.

    "Arkansas has offered, Ole Miss has offered, Memphis offered, Mississippi State did offer but with the new coaching staff we aren't sure about that," he said.

    K.J. hopes to start unofficially visiting colleges soon.

    "I want to take unofficial visits to Arkansas and Ole Miss and I also want to take a visit to UCLA," he said. "I really want to take a lot of visits."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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