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Brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson from Memphis and Charlie Moore from California have signed grant-in-aid agreements to play men’s basketball at Kansas, head coach Bill Self announced Tuesday.
The Lawson brothers, who are listed as guards/forwards, are transferring to KU from Memphis where Dedric was a sophomore last season and K.J. a redshirt freshman. Moore is a guard coming to KU after one season at California. All three will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
“We’re excited about all three of these prospects,” Self said. “They’ve all had successful starts to their college careers at different institutions. Certainly, the transfers became so attractive to us, in large part because we will have guys in our program who will be ready to contribute in a year. We could lose multiple guys next year, so I think this is a great fit for the University of Kansas. Not only will we get better down the road but this will certainly make us better in practice next year.”
“We will set up a not-for-profit where I would just rent the gym we previously played games in, CERC, and we would rent it for the same hours during the year that St. Anthony’s had rented it and just open it up, start with 7-year-olds and have 7-year-olds in,” he said. “The Boys Club would help me transport kids down there, work with them and work with different age groups.
“[We would] do a preseason for high schools where guys could work out before the high school season and then during the winter have leagues for younger kids. All house-league stuff. We’re not aspiring to have travel teams, we just want to have the house leagues and introduce kids to basketball at an early age. And give them a place where they could play on a year-round basis.”