COLUMBIA, S.C. - University of South Carolina freshman guard A.J. Lawson announced on Wednesday that he plans to submit his name for the 2019 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent. Lawson will have until 10 days following the NBA Draft Combine (May 14-19, Chicago) to make his decision to remain in the draft, or return to South Carolina for his sophomore season.
"Thank you to the fans, coaches, staff and my teammates for a fantastic freshman year," Lawson said. "I want to thank God for his blessings. The NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I have decided to explore my possibilities. I will not be hiring an agent, but will be entering my name in the 2019 NBA Draft."
"We are very excited for A.J. and the opportunity that he has to go through the process and test the NBA waters," South Carolina head coach Frank Martin said. "He has worked extremely hard on the court to put himself in this position, and now, with declaring for the draft, he will be able to gather information and feedback from those at the next level."