(WIBW) - For the first time since 2009, no KU players were selected in the NBA Draft. But the one who had the best chance is still getting a shot.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, former Jayhawk star Dedric Lawson will play in the NBA's Summer League for the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors had one first-round pick at 28th overall, taking Michigan's Jordan Poole. They also had two second-round picks at 41st and 58th overall, taking Villanova's Eric Paschall first and then Yale's Miye Oni.
Kansas head coach Bill Self said he spoke to Lawson shortly after he got drafted, saying he believes not getting picked won't hurt his former workhorse at all. He also found out about the Summer League chance with the Warriors on a teleconference call with media members.
"He has just good a chance of making the team as whoever they picked at 58," Self said on the call. "Obviously, if he's going to try and get involved with a group, that's a pretty good group to get involved with."
In his first year with the Jayhawks, Lawson was a third-team All-American. He took on a heavy production load, leading the team in scoring and rebounding.
But there were doubts about his athleticism, which Self recognized. However, he still believes all of this will motivate Lawson.
"If I were a betting man, I'd bet that he's not going to be hurt by this at all and if anything, it'll probably end up helping him in the end," Self said. "The thing that wasn't going to be changed overnight is the fact he's not as explosive as some of those other guys are.
"It's kind of pick your poison with Dedric. You get an unbelievable basketball player, probably with as high of an IQ as anybody in the draft. But you probably don't get the explosiveness as some of those other guys possess."
The Memphis native was the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double. He was the first Jayhawk to average a double-double since Thomas Robinson did it in 2011-12.
An unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection, Lawson tied for second nationally with 22 double-doubles. He was also named the 2019 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. The big man started his college career at Memphis before transferring to KU.