The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team added to its 2021 recruiting class Wednesday afternoon.
Three-star small forward Johnathan Lawson 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.
The 6'6", 165-pound senior won back-to-back Tennessee state titles as a freshman and sophomore before his junior season tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus.
The Lawson name should be familiar to Ducks fans, as he's the younger brother to sophomore Chandler Lawson who averaged 4.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists for Oregon as a freshman.
247Sports ranks Johnathan as a three-star prospect and the nation's No. 28 small forward and No.149 overall player. His composite ranking rates him as the nation's No. 27 small forward and No. 134 player nationally.
The reigning 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.
He's the second member of the 2021 Oregon Ducks recruiting class, joining five-star Nathan Bittle.