USC Men's Basketball

After stat-stuffing week, South Carolina freshman earns SEC honor

First look: South Carolina freshman AJ Lawson

A.J. Lawson, a coveted wing from Canada, will play his freshman season coming up for the South Carolina basketball team.
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A.J. Lawson, a coveted wing from Canada, will play his freshman season coming up for the South Carolina basketball team.

Forty-seven points, 19 rebounds and 16 assists apparently lands you the first SEC honor of your career.

That’s the case for A.J. Lawson. The South Carolina guard’s stat-stuffing three days against Norfolk State, Providence and George Washington earned him SEC Freshman of the Week. The league announced the news Monday. Lawson is the first USC player to have this honor since Sindarius Thornwell in March 2014.

Lawson leads the Gamecocks (3-2) in points (15.8 per game) and assists (4.6) this season. After his 19-point, nine-rebound, five-assist performance in the 90-55 win over George Washington on Sunday, Lawson was named to the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament team.

Carolina returns to action Nov. 26 against Wofford.

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