Lawson To UNC

The Tar Heels needed a point guard from the Class of 2006 and this week Roy Williams and Co. got one -- Tywon Lawson, the top-ranked point in the rising senior class.

The North Carolina Tar Heels have found their heir apparent to departing point guard Raymond Felton. On Thursday, according to George Lawson, Tywon Lawson's father, UNC received the verbal commitment it coveted from a Class of 2006 guard.

"As of last night he decided that he wanted to go to North Carolina," George Lawson said. "The whole process, I think they showed that they wanted him more. It's a good opportunity there I think coming in the first year and playing."

North Carolina outlasted Connecticut which made a strong and impressive push along with George Tech and Wake Forest.

In the end, telling UConn "no" proved to be difficult.

"I spoke to [Jim Calhoun] twice within the process," George Lawson said. "They just came on in March. They felt Marcus was going to go to the NBA and they needed another point guard. That relationship that we built in that period of time made it difficult to say no."

As far as UNC went, there were just too many positives in the end that pointed to the Heels.

"The fan base and the alumni, Roy Williams, what a down to earth guy," George Lawson said. "I think he's going to be tough but fair. I think the faith that he has in [Tywon] is great. There's closeness about [the school], it's not that far away. We can get there and give him family support."

Lawson is being brought in to take over the reins in the wake of the departure of Felton. His father knows those are big shoes to fill.

"I really don't even want to cross that bridge. You can't follow him, all you want to do is go in there and play and try to make a difference there. We met Raymond and he's a class guy."

Lawson enjoyed a stellar season at Oak Hill Academy and continued his momentum with a fine run on the spring AAU circuit with the D.C. Blue Devils culminating in a commitment to the national champions.

"It's unbelievable," George Lawson said. "I can't believe it. You want to stay grounded but when you realize from 5 years old and after playing and working towards this at this point in his life, it's manifesting, it's unbelievable."


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