Lawson: 'Now They're The Leader'

Just a few days removed from watching Roy Williams cut down the nets in St. Louis, Tywon Lawson was sitting across from the North Carolina head coach.

"I loved it," said the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Oak Hill Academy (Va.) junior point guard. "I like North Carolina a lot. He told me everything I wanted to hear. I'm really interested."

In fact, so interested that the Tar Heels currently occupy the top spot on his list, which also includes Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and UConn. Lawson also said he will likely take an official visit, along with teammate Kevin Durant, to Chapel Hill on May 6.

"They moved up a little bit after winning the national title," Lawson added. "Now they're the leader."

"Today I was liking what they had to say," he continued. "Their style really fits my style, the way I like to play. Plus, I know some of the people they're bringing in – Marcus Ginyard, William Graves, Tyler Hansbrough."

Lawson averaged 17 points and 9 assists this past season after transferring from Bishop McNamara (Md.).

He is one of a trio of highly regarded floor leaders that the Tar Heels have focused on, with the others being Mike Conley Jr. and D.J. Augustin.

"I want to prove that I'm the number one point guard in the country," Lawson said. "I think I've improved a lot this season, especially with my jump shot."

His perimeter shot was clearly the weakness in Lawson's game a year ago. He's strong, gets to the basket, can distribute the ball and he's also tough.

While North Carolina appears to be in the driver's seat, Lawson said he will likely take official visits to Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and UConn.

Related Links:
* Tywon Lawson Profile
* IC Basketball Recruiting Board

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