Dedric, K.J. Lawson to Transfer to Kansas from Memphis

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2017

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 2: K.J. Lawson #0 and Dedric Lawson #1 of the Memphis Tigers celebrate against the Tulane Green Wave on March 2, 2017 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis defeated Tulane 92-70. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson will transfer to the Kansas Jayhawks, their father confirmed to CBS Sports' Gary Parrish.

The Lawsons announced last Wednesday they intended to leave the Memphis Tigers program. Their father, Keelon, sent out this tweet shortly after Parrish's report:

ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello was surprised to see the pair make a decision so quickly:

Losing the two will be a big blow for Memphis. K.J., a redshirt freshman, was third on the team in scoring (12.3 points per game) and second in rebounds (8.1 boards). Dedric was the leader in both categories, averaging 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds a game.

Dedric earned first-team all-conference honors, while K.J. was the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

The Lawson brothers won't provide an immediate impact for Kansas. They'll have to sit out the 2017-18 season as part of the NCAA's transfer requirements.

The reward should be worth the wait for the Jayhawks, though. Devonte' Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk—Kansas' No. 3 and 4 scorers—are both juniors, so when they're set to graduate, Dedric and K.J. Lawson will be eligible to suit up.

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