Q&A with Ty Lawson (w/audio)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina freshman Ty Lawson announced at the team banquet Tuesday night that he will return for another season. After the banquet, he spoke with reporters ...

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Why did you make this decision?

"I just was thinking that I liked college basketball too much and being a college player and living the college lifestyle."

What do you hope to accomplish next year?

"Probably just to get better and go deeper in the NCAA Tournament."

Where did you learn you were projected to be drafted?

"Late in the lottery to about 25. 10 to 25, that's a pretty big gap."

What do you want to get better at?

"Mid-range game, being more of a leader and stuff like that. Just being more commanding on the court."

How much does it mean to you that Tyler is coming back, too?

"It means a lot because it was a big part of my decision. ... If Tyler had left, I'd probably have gone with him. He was a big part of my decision on whether to stay or leave."

Are you giving Brandan his space to make his decision?

"I give him his space, but he comes into my room to talk like every other day to talk about it. We talk all the time about what he wants to do. ... I don't know exactly what he wants to do."

How excited are you about the team you'll be playing with next year?

"I'm real excited because we'll have basically the same exact team and losing only a couple of players. I can't wait for next year and am ready to make another deep run."

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