Lawson Named MVP In France

DOUAI, France -- Future Tar Heel Tywon Lawson earned MVP honors by leading his USA squad to the title at the 19th annual World Juniors Tournament in France this past week.

Lawson posted 27 points (10-20 FG), 9 assists and 8 rebounds in the championship game victory over Turkey on Sunday to cap a sensational five-game stretch.

He started the week with 16 points in Wednesday's win over Slovenia. He followed that up with a game-high 15 pts (7-9 FG) in Thursday's rout of the Netherlands. Then, on Friday, he hit a game-winning 15-footer for a 78-76 victory over Turkey, in which he totaled 14 points and 6 assists.

Lawson's high school teammate -- and also a top Carolina recruiting target -- Kevin Durant, saved his best game for Sunday with 18 points, 10 boards and 5 steals in the title game to earn him a spot on the all-tournament team. Durant spent the week on the perimeter at the small forward spot, where he is most at home. He also posted 16 points against Slovenia, 10 in the first game against Turkey and 17 points and 6 rebounds in the semifinals against Lithuania.

Tywon Lawson

PG Tywon Lawson
WG Cenk Akyol (Turkey)
WF Kevin Durant
PF Rudy Gay
C Karolis Petrukonis (Lithuania)

The team hoists the championship trophy, the USA's second win at the event (first was in '01).

Tywon Lawson, Alex Stepheson and Spencer Hawes. Stepheson and Hawes provided solid contributions off the bench.

Kevin Durant (center) and Tywon Lawson (right) defend.

All-Tournament Team members Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant and Tywon Lawson.

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