Memphis basketball received an unexpected bombshell on Wednesday, and it wasn't a good one.
Jason Smith of ESPN Memphis broke the news that both KJ and Dedric Lawson will transfer out of the program. These were two of the Tigers starters and best players.
Here's the official statement the two brothers put together.
Dedric and I, along with our family would first like to 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 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 KJ Lawson
That's rough news for Memphis fans and Tubby Smith. The Tigers looked like they might be on the cusp of something special, with the Lawson brothers leading the charge. Dedric led the team averaging 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, while KJ added another 12.3 points and and 12.3 boards per outing.
Tough blow, but that's the world we live in.
No word yet about where they might land.