COLUMBIA, S.C. - Rookie guard A.J. Lawson has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. The Toronto, Ontario, Canada, native averaged 15.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists against Norfolk State, Providence and George Washington last week, including a 19-point, nine rebound, five assist effort in Carolina’s win over GW. He began the week tying for game-high honors with 18 points while dishing out a season-high eight assists against Norfolk State, before posting double-figures in both games at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The weekly honor is the first of Lawson’s career.
Lawson, who earned a spot on the Naismith Bracket All-Tournament Team at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off this weekend, paces the Gamecocks in points (15.8) and assists per game (4.6) this season. He has hit double-figures in four of Carolina’s five contests, including a season high 23 in the matchup against Stony Brook. C