Lawson (Memphis/Hamilton) helps coach Josh Pastner continue a trend of successful local recruiting. Pastner has been aggressive in recruiting in-state talent for years, which paid off last year when he landed the nation's No. 3 recruiting class thanks in large part to a trio of Tennessee products -- Austin Nichols, Nick King and Markel Crawford.
And more could be on the way.
Dedric Lawson, the No. 4 sophomore in the ESPN 25, could follow his older brother to Memphis.
K.J. Lawson, who has visited the Tigers many times on unofficial visits, is a highly skilled forward who has a knack for scoring. Defensively, he uses an enormous wingspan to contest shots.
While Lawson is the Tigers' first pledge in the 2015 class, the Tigers are still in the hunt for several other elite players, starting with No. 3 overall recruit Cliff Alexander (Chicago/Curie).
Pastner is also trying to secure the services of local prospect Skal Labissiere (Memphis, Tenn./Evangelical Christian), No. 8 in the ESPN 60, as well as No. 6 Elijah Thomas (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) and No. 23 Kevaughn Allen (Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock).