|LBD and 34 in Dec. '11|
Much like Marcius, Lawson was a bit of a gamble when he was recruited. When Branden Dawson decided to play at MSU, Painter was left in a bit of a lurch...and found the athletic, but raw Lawson to attempt to fill a bit of the void.
I was immediately shocked by Lawson's highlight video which resembled a dunk contest, more than a recruiting video...very few jump shots; but clearly the guy had potential. Plus, he could block shots.
Well, we got to see a bit of both of these skills in the last two seasons. But the oooohs and ahhhhhs faded quickly as Lawson's minutes seemingly dwindled early each season. He looked out of position often, which one might attribute to youth, during his first season, but in the second season, Painter and co. seemed to have less leniency. Lawson developed a bit of a jump shot in the fall of '12, which was promising...but it didn't translate into more minutes.
Lawson, like Marcius was a nice guy in person...and I liked his sense of humor. But, he'll be taking his potential and his sense of humor elsewhere in the very near future.