A.J. Lawson withdraws from NBA Draft, will return for sophomore season

A.J. Lawson

South Carolina sophomore guard A.J. Lawson has been named to the official roster and will compete with Team Canada in the upcoming FIBA U19 World Cup, set to be played June 29-July 7 in Heraklion, Greece.

It marks the second-straight summer Lawson has represented his country in a FIBA event, as he helped lead his squad to a silver medal at the 2018 U18 Americas Championship, averaging 14.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game at the event. Canada is the reigning U19 World Cup champion, having captured the title in 2017 in Cairo. 

Canada, led by head coach Dan Vanhooren, begins group phase competition on Saturday, June 29 against Australia (8:30 a.m.), before facing Mali on June 30 (6:45 a.m.) and Latvia on July 2 (11:15 a.m.). Games from the event will be streamed via YouTube.

Round of 16 competition begins on July 3, followed by the quarterfinals (July 5), semifinals (July 6) and the event final on July 7.