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Report - Lawson remains in the NBA Draft pool

A.J. Lawson may very well return to the South Carolina program, but for now he reportedly remains in the NBA Draft pool.
Credit: WLTX

Gamecocks guard A.J. Lawson is still in the NBA Draft pool, that according to college basketball writer Adam Zagoria who tweeted out a report saying he talked to Lawson's father who said "He's still in the draft".

Late Monday night, CBS Sports insider Jon Rothstein had reported that Lawson was pulling his name out of the NBA Draft pool and returning to the program to prepare for his junior season. A few weeks ago, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin said he expected Lawson to be on campus later this month in a few weeks for the start of testing and summer conditioning.

The 6-6 Lawson will have 10 days until after the NBA Combine or August 3, whichever comes first, to withdraw and return to school.

Lawson was the team's leading scorer last season as a sophomore with a 13.4 ppg average. But he did struggle with some consistency and that leads most observers to believe Lawson will be back in a Gamecock uniform for his junior season. 

But in the meantime, Lawson apparently is giving more thought to making the jump to the next level and forgoing his junior season in Columbia.