A.J. Lawson Earns C-USA All-Freshman Team Honors
Lawson Led Conference USA In Scoring Among Freshman
IRVING, Texas - Freshman guard A.J. Lawson was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team, announced by the league office Tuesday.
Lawson was one of five players to be selected to the league's All-Freshman team.
"A.J. (Lawson) certainly deserves any accolades that he receives," Interim head coach Rob Evans said. "He worked tirelessly this season to better his game. He has a chance to be a special player with the work ethic that he possesses. Our staff is proud of his accomplishments and continued growth."
Lawson had a breakout freshman campaign at North Texas leading C-USA in scoring among freshman at 11.4 points per game. Lawson led the Mean Green in scoring with 343 points, fifth most as a freshman in school history. The Bryan, Texas, native led the league with three C-USA Freshman of the Week awards (Dec. 19, Feb. 6, Feb. 27).
Lawson joins teammate Jeremy Combs, who earned All-Freshman honors in 2015, to be selected to the All-Freshman team since joining Conference USA. Lawson also was second on the team in rebounding at 4.4 rebounds per game (132 total). He scored in double-figures in a team-best 18 games, including a career-high 31 points (10-for-15) against Rice.
Lawson played in all 30 games and started 19, including the last eight games of the season. He earned his first double-double, against Charlotte scoring 23 points with a career-high 12 rebounds. In the season finale at Marshall, Lawson had a stellar game, scoring 26 points off a career-high 11 field goals.
Lawson also played well defensively, finishing third on the team in steals with 31 and came away with five blocks on the season.
2016-17 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
DaQuan Bracey, Louisiana Tech, G, 5-10, 170, Baltimore, Maryland
Jalen Harris, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-4, 190, Duncanville, Texas
Tyrik Dixon, Middle Tennessee, G, 6-1, 183, Bentonville, Arkansas
A.J. Lawson, North Texas, G, 6-5, 190, Bryan, Texas
Byron Frohnen, UTSA, G, 6-5, 205, Las Vegas, Nevada