LAWRENCE, Kan. Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self confirmed Friday that redshirt-sophomore guard K.J. Lawson will transfer from the KU team.
“K.J. will graduate this spring and will transfer as a graduate transfer,” Self said of Lawson, who will earn his liberal arts and sciences degree from KU in May and will be eligible next season. “We appreciate his time and efforts at KU and wish him the best moving forward.”
A transfer from Memphis after the 2016-17 season, Lawson sat out 2017-18 due to transfer rules and practiced with the Jayhawks as they made a run to the 2018 Final Four.
In 2018-19, Lawson played in 35 games and averaged 9.9 minutes, 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per outing. The Memphis, Tennessee, native scored in double figures three times, including a season-high 15 points against West Virginia on Feb. 16. He posted 13 points against Northeastern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 21.
In two seasons at Memphis, Lawson played in 42 games with 33 starts and averaged 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds with nine double-doubles. He was granted a medical redshirt following the 2015-16 season after playing in just 10 games. In 2016-17, Lawson was the American Athletic Conference (AAC) Rookie of the Year and a member of the AAC All-Rookie Team where he averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds.