The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team lost one of its pledges for the 2021 recruiting cycle.
Johnathan Lawson has requested out of his letter of intent and has reopened his recruitment days after his brother, Chandler Lawson, entered the transfer portal. Oregon granted the request.
His primary recruiter Tony Stubblefield accepted the head coaching job at DePaul last week.
ESPN ranks the 6'6", 180-pound forward as the nation's 57th best player in the 2021 recruiting class nationally. 247Sports composite ranking has him as a four-star prospect and the nation's No. 19 small forward and No. 91 overall player.
He had originally committed to the University of Oregon, over finalists Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa State, and Vanderbilt. Memphis also made a late run at the local star.
“[Penny Hardaway] called me, he called my dad and said he was going to keep up the recruitment,” Lawson said after dropping a top-five that didn't include the Tigers per The Daily Memphian.
Lawson won back-to-back Tennessee state titles as a freshman and sophomore before his junior season tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus. He then won a third as a senior.
The former Class AA Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Tennessee Boys Basketball player of the year averaged 26.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per game as a junior.
In August, he told The Daily Memphian he plans to graduate from Wooddale High School and enroll in college in January 2021 if a high school basketball season isn't played in Tennessee. However, a season was played and now Lawson will not be joining the Oregon program.
Jalen Terry entered the transfer portal as well on Monday.