K.J. (left) and Dedric Lawson
Former Memphis Tiger beat writer Jason Smith — now a midday radio host at ESPN Radio 92.9 — read the following letter over the air Wednesday morning, indicating both Dedric Lawson (currently a sophomore) and and his brother K.J. (a redshirt freshman) will depart the U of M basketball program.
"Dedric and I, along with our family would like to first thank The University of Memphis, the Men's Basketball program, Coach Tubby Smith and Staff and above all Tiger Nation, for giving us the opportunity to play for the Our Home Team. We are born and raised in Memphis, love the city with all of our hearts; however, we must do what is best for our future, our dreams, and our family, so we plan to transfer from the university.
While we have enjoyed our tenure here, the time has come for us to explore some new opportunities. It is for that reason that we are asking for a release from The University of Memphis Men's Basketball program. We both understand and are aware of the rules and regulations regarding this decision, and we are prepared to fully comply with them. We would like to wish the school's basketball program nothing but the best, in all of its future endeavors.
Thank you to our family, the University of Memphis, our coaches past and present, teammates and Tigers fans for all your support."
— Dedric and K.J. Lawson