McD: Tywon Lawson Spotlight

SAN DIEGO -- With tip-off time only a few hours away, Tywon Lawson is ready to go. After dreaming of making the McDonald's All-American game for most of his basketball life, Lawson will finally get to take the court for the East tonight. So far, the experience has been everything that he had hoped it would be.

"It's been real cool, this is my first time out here and everything looks good," said Lawson. "It's sunny, too."

In a week filled with charity events, appearances at restaurants and practice, Lawson says that there has been little time to rest. In particular, he enjoyed a trip to Sea World on Monday afternoon.

"We went to Sea World, I'd never been there before," Lawson told Inside Carolina. "We saw Sea Lions doing little tricks bouncing balls and stuff like that. We went on rides and we saw some sharks, they are big. They're pretty cool as long as I'm not in the water."

In an interesting twist, Lawson is rooming with future Duke Blue Devil Gerald Henderson. Not surprisingly they've been trading some friendly smack talk.

"He's a cool person, but he's always talking about Duke and I don't like that," said Lawson. "I give him a little bit of friendly trash back, it's all good, though."

"He's a cool person, but he's always talking about Duke and I don't like that."
With a national television audience watching the game, Lawson hopes to avoid nerves and is looking forward to a good performance. Like everybody else, he figures that if he goes out and has fun the rest will take care of itself. He also downplayed the hype that has been building up about him and Kansas-bound Sherron Collins matching up.

"I'd just like to get everybody involved and have fun, this is an All-Star game so you can't be too serious," said Lawson. "There's a whole bunch of possible matchups out here and everybody's going to go at everybody. I don't want to try and make it into a one-on-one game with him. I do want to be the number one point guard in the class, though."

Looking ahead to North Carolina, Lawson thinks that the two years he's spent at Oak Hill will have him more prepared than the average freshman.

"I think it's helped me a lot because we travel everywhere and you have to keep up with the schoolwork and stuff, so I think I'll be used to it," said Lawson. "The main thing is that we expect big things and we are trying to take a national championship back to the Hill."

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