2016 Small Forward Dedric Lawson Update

Hamilton (Memphis, TN) High School 2016 small forward/wing Dedric Lawson is one of the top players in the class of 2016.

  • Name: Dedric Lawson
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: Hamilton High School (Memphis, TN)
  • AAU Team: Team Penny
  • Position: Wing/Small Forward
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-8, 200
  • Scout/FSNext Ranking: NR
  • Colleges of Interest: Arkansas (offer), Louisville, LSU (offer), Memphis (offer), Mississippi State (offer), Missouri, Notre Dame (offer)

  • What makes Lawson such an outstanding player is his ability to score from the inside or outside.

    "Usually, I play big guys by facing them up because they try to push me outside'" said Lawson. "When my three-ball starts to fall that opens things up and allows me to get to the rack and I'm also able to look for the open man. That makes our team better."

    In addition to being a great offensive threat, Lawson is also a very skilled big man who can handle and pass the well really well. Lawson explained why he's so skilled.

    "When I was three-years-old my main job was to take the ball out," he said. "I passed a lot so II had to make good decisions. So, I guess you could say when I was little I had pass-first on my mind. As I got older, I kept on looking to pass. My rebounding came later. My dad told me that the person who gets the rebound controls the ball."

    Lawson plays on the same high school team as his older brother, K.J. Lawson. And because they have played with each other their entire lives, they have a unique chemistry.

    "We have good chemistry, said Lawson. "Sometimes I just know what spots he likes to shoot from. I give him the ball and he shoots. He doesn't miss his mid-range shots. He also has an alley-oop. He just developed that this past year. He's just gotten explosive like that this past year. Ever since, when he drives, I cut and he goes and gets it."

    Like his older brother, Dedric is receiving a lot of recruiting attention.

    "Memphis is interested, I received a letter from Notre Dame the other day, LSU, Arkansas, Missouri and Louisville is looking at us both," said Lawson. "Memphis, Notre Dame, Arkansas, LSU and Mississippi State have offered."

    Receiving so much attention at such an early age has caught Dedric by surprise but he is very appreciative of the attention.

    "I don't really realize what is going on (recruiting-wise) but you just enjoy the ride," said Lawson. "I am truly blessed to be in this situation."

    Hamilton High School head basketball coach Frederic Stringer understands why so many college coaches are recruiting the younger Lawson.

    "He's a kid with a lot of potential on the court," said Stringer. " Off the court Dedric is comical, an excellent student and respectful. I've never seen a ninth grader who carries himself like he does on and off the court."

    Keep it on Scout.com/FoxSportsNext.com for the latest recruiting news on this very talented member of the class of 2016.

    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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