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Lawson and Fuller leave North Texas men’s basketball

Lawson and Fuller leave North Texas men’s basketball

April 10
14:09 2018

On Tuesday afternoon, about two hours apart, redshirt sophomore forward Khalil Fuller and sophomore guard A.J. Lawson both announced they were leaving the North Texas men’s basketball team via Twitter.

Fuller’s tweet:

“The last 3 years at UNT have been the most life changing for me. I would like to thank my coaches and my teammates for supporting me and pushing me to become the best version of myself that I have ever been. At this time it hurts me to say I will be leaving UNT. I will never forget the love I have received from everyone but currently it is best for me to be closer to home. Thank you. GO MEAN GREEN!!” (sic)

Lawson’s tweet:

“First I would like to thank god because without him I wouldn’t be able to play the game I Love today. I’ve had the privilege to meet so many unbelievable people here on my journey North Texas the past two years and I’m blessed and thankful to have come into contact with everyone so far. I would like to thank Coach Bendford as well at Coach Mac for for giving me the opportunity to represent the Mean Green but after talking with my family I have asked for my release from North Texas. Thank you. GMG” (sic)

Fuller spent three seasons at North Texas, playing his first and third seasons, while redshirting his second season.

In his two years, the 6-foot 8-inch Fuller appeared in 48 games, and started 12 games all in his freshman campaign. He totaled 86 points in his career and 81 rebounds in his North Texas career.

Fuller is from Moreno Valley, California and looks to return home to finish his college career.

Lawson was an essential part of the 2017-2018 team, finishing third on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game on 41.2 percent shooting.

The 6-foot 5-inch Lawson played the whole season with a hampered wrist, resulting in lowered shooting percentages from his freshman campaign, but he remained effective off the dribble, shooting nearly 46 percent inside the arc.

At 4.9 rebounds per game, Lawson finished third on the team in rebounds but also finished second on the team in turnovers at 2.0 per game. He had the second highest usage rate on the team at 23.6 percent.

Both of them were not players head coach Grant McCasland brought in, but were recruits of former coach Tony Benford.

Featured image: North Texas sophomore guard AJ Lawson dribbles the ball in a conference match against Florida Atlantic University on Jan. 25 at the Super Pit. The Mean Green defeated FAU 59-53.

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Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune is the Senior Sports Writer for the North Texas Daily, covering football and men's basketball.

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