Draft Notes: Lawson, M. Johnson, Baxter, Sibande

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson, who projects as a second-round pick, will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, tweets Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

Lawson averaged 19.4 points and 10.4 rebounds as a junior. He is ranked as the 46th prospect overall and the 14th-best power forward on ESPN’s big board.

There are more draft decisions to pass along:

  • North Carolina State’s Markell Johnson will also test the draft waters, according to a press release from the school. The junior guard averaged 12.6 PPG and 4.2 APG this season while shooting 42.2% from 3-point range. He is not listed in ESPN’s Top 100.
  • Troy Baxter Jr. of Florida Gulf Coast will declare for the draft, the school announced (Twitter link). The sophomore forward was a four-star high school recruit who began at UNLV before transferring. In his lone season at FGCU, Baxter averaged 7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He is also not in ESPN’s Top 100.
  • Nike Sibande of Miami (Ohio) will enter the draft, the school announced in a news release. The sophomore guard was named MAC Freshman of the Year last season. He also falls outside the Top 100.
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6 thoughts on “Draft Notes: Lawson, M. Johnson, Baxter, Sibande

  1. kenneth cole

    Lawson has the highest floor in this draft class. He’s gonna be very valuable

    • jwardrip99

      I hope you mean everyone mentioned in this article and not the entire draft.

  2. hiflew

    So, a sophomore that averaged 7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds at a small conference D1 school is declaring for the draft? Does he think the competition will be easier than in the Atlantic Sun Conference? This person has no business being in the draft or the G League and he would probably even have trouble finding a team overseas. But I guess it’s his mistake to make.

    • jwardrip99

      It could just be he is interested in the process and feedback. Then declare himself going back to school. Many players do this. It’s also not our privilege to know his personal story. Could need the money now and hope his talents can produce some sort of income to help his family.

      • hiflew

        “Could need the money now and hope his talents can produce some sort of income to help his family.”

        And that kind of short sighted thinking is why so many players end up broke. Plus, the guy is averaging 7.5 points a game in the Atlantic Sun. Are you sure he even has enough talent to earn money to help his family?

        • jwardrip99

          Go broke? According to you he won’t make any money playing ball. The only thing short sided here is your belief that you have the right to tell a 20 year old how to live their life. You know what’s best for him. There could be mouths to feed, children to raise. Get off your high horse and quit telling kids how to live.

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