MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - As the University of Memphis looks to re-evaluate the men's basketball program, head coach Josh Pastner may have to re-evaluate his lineup with a star possibly heading to the NBA.
Freshman Dedric Lawson is expected to take advantage of a new rule that allows underclassmen to test the professional waters. It provides the underclassmen with personal team workouts and the opportunity to attend the pre-draft camp in Chicago in order to get an idea of where they stand as a draft prospect.
Pastner said the move makes sense, but believes Lawson, the AAC Rookie of the Year, will take a look at returning as well.
"Part of the reason he came to school early was for him to play with his brother and have a great relationship on the court," Pastner said. "It was something everyone wanted to see, his parents wanted to see, and that didn't happen due to KJ's injury. So I think that will carry a lot of weight for Dedric's decision. Next year is about K.J."
Lawson's brother K.J. suffered an Achilles injury and missed most of the season. Memphis is applying for a redshirt year for him as a result.
Pastner said any pro workouts would be after the school year and before the NBA Draft in June.