Lawson: 'I've Always Wanted To Go To Carolina'

Tywon Lawson has spoken to plenty of people since his commitment to North Carolina on Wednesday night. However, Roy Williams isn't one of them.

Don't worry. Despite the fact that Lawson has yet to connect with Williams or anyone from the UNC staff, the verbal pledge is still as firm as ever. It's just that Lawson's father, George, was the one who delivered the news to Williams at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday night.

When Lawson got around to calling his future college coach, it was likely past his bedtime.

"I tried him around 11 or 11:30," Lawson said. "I was afraid of waking him up."

Williams began what will likely be a big-time recruiting haul in the Class of 2006 with arguably the top player in the state – William Graves. Now he's added arguably the top floor leader in the country with Lawson.

"It feels good," Lawson said on Thursday. "Now I don't have to worry about recruiting anymore. I can just work on my game. I've always wanted to go to North Carolina since I was little, so this is really satisfying."

"North Carolina is the school I wanted to go for a long time, but I never thought I'd have the opportunity," added Lawson. "When I came back from the visit to North Carolina, I wanted to think about it for a couple days."

Then Lawson opted for UNC over UConn, the other school that he and his Oak Hill Academy and D.C. Blue Devils teammate Kevin Durant visited.

"I just loved the school environment and the coach," Lawson said. "It was also fun to get a chance to hang out with the players."

Lawson said that the highlight of the visit was getting a chance to go to Raymond Felton's party.

Another big difference between the two schools? "I like being in a city more and North Carolina was more like a city than Connecticut," Lawson said. "There seemed like more things to do."

"Playing time was also a big part of it," he continued. "I felt like I can come in and play a lot."

Now Lawson will try and connect with Williams and then focus on his final exams, which are slated for Tuesday. Then he'll head to France, the Nike Skills Camp in Oregon and then continue to hit the road for camps and events with the D.C. Blue Devils.

As usual, he'll be seeing quite a bit of Durant – and the sales pitch is on for the 6-8 forward to join him in Carolina blue.

"I'm going to try and convince him to come," Lawson said. "I think the chances are pretty good, but we'll see after he gets back from Texas."

"Their chances improved a lot," Durant admitted. "I've been playing with Tywon for a long time. North Carolina got a great point guard. I think the best in the country."

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