Men's Basketball Signs Top 20 State Recruit For 2016-17

Nov. 11, 2015

DENTON - North Texas men's basketball head coach Tony Benford has signed in-state top 20 recruit in AJ Lawson (Bryan, TX/Bryan HS) to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

"We are very excited to have AJ (Lawson) coming in," said Benford. "I feel like he can help our team right away. We are very fortunate to have AJ join our program and I want to give my assistant coaches credit for identifying the right player that fits our system."

Lawson becomes the 12th signee in the Benford era (since 2012-13) to either hail from the Lone Star state or to have played their previous season in the state of Texas.

"We try to make sure that we take care of home," added Benford. "Every year since I have been here we have been able to sign a top 20 player in the state. I think our recruiting ties in Texas has been very beneficial for us."

According to, Lawson is ranked No. 18 in the state of Texas and is ranked No. 110 in the nation according to

"We are really proud of AJ and excited that he gets to continue to play basketball at North Texas," head coach of Bryan high school Chris Jones said. "He has been a really great player for us and we look forward to his senior season here at Bryan. We are happy for his family and can't wait to see what he can do at the next level."

AJ Lawson - 6'5, 190, Guard/Forward, Bryan HS, Bryan, TX
Lawson was the MVP of District 18-5A his junior season, when he averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per game. He played AAU with the Houston Hoops in the NIKE EYBL joining future teammate J-Mychal Reese, who was an Houston Hoops alum.

"AJ Lawson is a really good combo guard who can play both guard positions and some small forward," added Benford. "He is a great defender who can really score the basketball and he is someone who has a high ceiling. We are extremely excited to have him on our team. I'd like to give Coach Scott Monarch credit for recruiting him and his family.



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