KU junior Dedric Lawson honored again by Big 12

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) shoots next to Arizona State forward Romello White during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) shoots next to Arizona State forward Romello White during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) by Associated Press

Mr. Double Double, Dedric Lawson, added to his in-season hardware haul this week, when the Big 12 Conference named him the conference's player of the week following his big performances against South Dakota and Arizona State.

Lawson, the conference's leader in scoring (20.6) and rebounding (11.4), earned his fifth weekly award of the season, three player of the week nods and two newcomer of the week honors.

Lawson posted back-to-back double-doubles with 16 points and 14 rebounds in a home win against South Dakota and a season-high 30 points — his first 30-pointer at KU — and 14 rebounds at No. 18 Arizona State last Saturday. He has recorded four double-doubles in a row and has a Big 12-leading eight for the season.

The Memphis native and preseason All-American was named Big 12 Player of the Week Nov. 12 and Nov. 26 while also earning Newcomer of the Week accolades on Dec. 2 and Dec. 17

In addition to the leading the Big 12 in double-doubles, Lawson also is the only player in the Big 12 currently averaging a double-double and one of four players in NCAA Division I averaging 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds.

After a short holiday break, Lawson and the Jayhawks will return to Allen Fieldhouse to host Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m. Saturday, when Lawson will try to make it five double-doubles in a row.

The game will be KU's final nonconference clash before the start of Big 12 play — Jan. 2 vs. Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse — and will be televised by Jayhawk TV and ESPN+.