Steve Smith turned over command of the Oak Hill machine to a junior point guard this season. So far, so good.
Tywon Lawson, a 5-foot-11 point man out of Maryland, is going to have the basketball in his hands quite a bit this year and for good reason. Lawson, at this point in the season, is one of the top junior point guards in the country.
What's so good about him? For starters, he's committed on the defensive end. He's one of those guys who is going to get in tight, guard his man and use his quick hands to play the passing lanes and torment opposing guards.
Offensively, he plays bigger than his size in traffic. For example: since he's very strong up top, he takes the contact and he appears to be a very good free throw shooter. Now, driving in amongst the trees at his size isn't always recommended but Lawson has an answer for the size. He's already shooting a little runner and has command of the shot.
In short, he's got some tools to work with and a promising future.
The Maryland Terrapins like him so much they've already offered and would love for him to commit. Georgia Tech has offered and so has Florida State. Wake Forest, North Carolina, Connecticut, Texas, West Virginia, Arizona and Virginia Tech are on him as well. Reportedly, he's one of three guys UNC is looking at for his position in the Class of 2006. Basically, this guy is going to have some nice options.
Lawson has already made unofficial visits to Maryland, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
"I'd like to stay somewhere in the ACC or Big East," Lawson said. "My dad wants me to [commit] before my senior year so I can worry about my schoolwork."