Oregon's men's basketball team added the first freshman to next year’s roster when four-star forward Chandler Lawson committed to the Ducks on Wednesday, the first day of the weeklong early signing period.
The 6-foot-8, 205-pound Lawson, who plays at Wooddale High School in Memphis, Tenn., is ranked as the No. 77 recruit in the nation by 247Sports.com and the 14th-best power forward. Rivals.com has him as the No. 87 prospect and 20th at his position.
Lawson’s two older brothers, Dedric and KJ, both play for Kansas after transferring from Memphis last season. His younger brother Johnathan is one of the top sophomores in the nation.
Lawson picked Oregon over Kansas and Mississippi.
Lawson is the third player to commit to Oregon’s 2019 class, although the school has not yet announced any of those signings.
The Ducks expect to get a letter of intent from Chris Duarte, a 6-6 junior-college transfer from Northwest Florida State, and 6-11 Isaac Johnson, a senior at American Fork (Utah) High School. Johnson is planning to take a church mission and join the Ducks in 2021.
With the addition of Lawson, Oregon has 11 scholarships filled for next season with two more available.
Four-star guard Cassius Stanley of Chatsworth, Calif., is expected to choose between Oregon, UCLA and Kansas this week. Oregon is also among the finalists for five-star guard Cole Anthony and four-star forward C.J. Walker, but both players are expected to wait until the spring signing period in April to finalize a decision.