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Dedric Lawson commits to Memphis Tigers

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Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers head coach (©GettyImages)
Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers head coach (©GettyImages).

A Class of 2016 highly touted college basketball recruit has already made a decision.

Dedric Lawson, who is ranked No.7 by 247sports and No.8 by Rivals.com, officially commits to the Memphis Tigers basketball program.

Family Ties

A five-star recruit, Memphis coach Josh Pastner has a guaranteed bonafide player for the Tigers Class of 2016 recruits and for the 2016-2017 college basketball season. Lawson is one of the first Class of 2016 recruits to make his college choice.

It is said Lawson made the decision to join the Tigers program after Memphis hired his father, Keelon Lawson, as their assistant coach a couple days ago.

Via CBSSports.com:

"With [my father] being on staff, there's no other college I would rather go to," Lawson said to reporters on Sunday.

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Great prospect

Lawson confirmed his commitment to NBCSports.com when he was playing for his Team Penny grassroots team at Peach Jam. Team Penny defeated Boo Williams in the semifinals of EYBL Finals at Peach Jam. The Championship game will be played on Sunday at 3PM on ESPNU. The Finals are played in Augusta, South Carolina every year.

The Nike EYB (which stands for Elite Youth Basketball) showcases some of the best high school basketball talent across the country.

Lawson is listed as a 6-foot-8 forward and third ranked power forward, according to 247sports.

The high school power forward also has much love for Coach Pastner and his had substantial appeal to play in his hometown of Memphis.

“The best thing about Memphis, it’s a great environment,” Lawson said during his announcement:

"Coach Pastner, he’s a great guy. It’s a great feeling playing in front of your home crowd. It’s just nothing but love in Memphis.”

More to come

Keelon Lawson, who has been the head coach at Hamilton High School from 2003 to last season, has been on Pastner’s radar for a while.

His other son, K.J. Lawson who is ranked 37th in the country in the Class of 2015 by ESPN.com, has already committed to Memphis for next year.

Coach Lawson also has another one of his sons ranked in the country. Chandler Lawson is ranked No.1 in the nation in the Class of 2019.

If Keelon is still an assistant coach at Memphis by the time Chandler is ready for college hoops, he could very well be coaching him for the 2019-2020 Season.

The newest coach with the Tigers has an opportunity to coach all of his three highly recruited sons, which are all ranked in the top 50 in their classes at the moment.

Nonetheless, Dedric will be playing his brother KJ when KJ is a sophomore at Memphis and have his father as a coach again with Dedric coached by Keelon at Hamilton High.

Dedric has two more years of high school before he joins the CBB program at Memphis.

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