One of the most exciting things about AAU basketball is seeing great head-to-head match ups between the best of the best. In one instance at the Capitol Invitational, a battle of sophomore point guards broke out and Tywon Lawson took home the prize. The 6-foot, 190-pound guard from Bishop McNamara High School (Md.) established himself as one the elite in his class. Read on for more.
Lawson, the No. 37 player in the class of 2006, went at it against Jawan Carter, the No. 9 player in the class of 2006, and won the battle of the backcourt. Lawson scored 17 points, dished out nine assists and grabbed eight rebounds in a huge 20 point win over the deep and talented Playaz Basketball Program. That kind of game is purpose all summer long, he says.
“I’m just trying to get my name out there and show coaches what I can do,” Lawson said. “Trying to get a scholarship, man.”
Schools are lining up after his fantastic showing in his hometown for the Capitol Invitational. Lawson was proving to coaches that he has ability to be around the ball on every possession and the wherewithal to run a team.
“I’m an energy and leadership guy,” Lawson said. “I just try to hustle and get loose balls. If I see it, it’s mine. That is what I think. If people see that on my team, they want to do it, too. I’m a leader by example kind of player.”
UConn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest round out his early favorites. The sophomore averaged 19 points and seven assists and looks to have that same kind of impact at any level he plays. So what is next for the talented prospect?
“I’m going to keep working hard and try to make it to the next level,” Lawson said.
He's doing a mighty fine job at it, too.