We're right in the middle of football season, but basketball is cranking up in Hoop City.
Memphis Tigers Sophomore Dedric Lawson is the Co-Player of the Year in the American Athletic Conference.
The 6'9" former Hamilton High star shares the honor with Cincinnati senior Troy Caupain.
Lawson Led the Tigers in scoring at 15.8 points, and led the AAC in rebounding at 9.3 a game.
Those numbers earned him the American's Rookie of the Year honors last season as a 17-year-old freshman.
Lawson was the only freshman in the nation to post 500 points, 300 rebounds, 60 assists, 50 blocked shots, and 20 three-pointers.
"I have a lot of expectations coming off last year where we finished in the Conference Championship game. And, I felt like a couple of losses away and we would have made it to the Tournament," Lawson said. "I'm looking forward to getting back to that same stage again and making a post season run."
"Every challenge is unique." Tigers' head coach Tubby Smith said. "But, the greater the challenge, the greater the reward. So, it's a big challenge gear at Memphis, but we are well pleased with these young men, and the sky's the limit."
Team-wise, the Bearcats are picked number one in the AAC, just a vote ahead of UConn. The Tiger men are picked fifth by the media.
On the women's side, the U of M is picked seventh in the league. Multi-time defending national champion UConn is pick to win the AAC again.
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