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Not to be confused with Ty Law.
Ty Lawson
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Lawson with the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Denver Nuggets  – No. 3
Point guard
Born November 3, 1987 (1987-11-03) (age 22)
Clinton, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 193 lb (88 kg)
High school Oak Hill Academy
Mouth of Wilson, Virginia
Bishop McNamara High School
Forestville, Maryland
College North Carolina
Draft 1st round, (18th pick), 2009
Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 2009–present
Awards 2006 First-Team USA Today All-America Selection
McDonald's and Parade All-America Selection
2009 ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
2009 Consensus Second-Team All American
2009 Bob Cousy Award
2009 NCAA All-Tournament Team
2009 National Champion

Tywon "Ty" Ronell Lawson (born November 3, 1987 in Clinton, Maryland) is an American basketball player who is currently playing point guard for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. Lawson was drafted as the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, and was immediately traded to the Denver Nuggets for a future 1st round pick. Lawson played college basketball for the University of North Carolina from 2006 to 2009.

Lawson was named the ACC Player of the Year, the first time a point guard had won the ACC's highest honor since fellow Tar Heel Phil Ford won the award in 1978.

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Middle School and High School

Lawson attended sixth and seventh grade at Gwynn Park Middle School in Prince George's County, Maryland.[1] In the eighth grade, he was recruited to the Newport School in Kensington, MD.[2]

Lawson attended Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland from 2003-2004. He later transferred to and graduated from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, where he was a first team USA Today All-American. He participated in the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit. During Ty's senior year at Oak Hill Academy he averaged 23.8 points, 9.1 assists and five steals. His highest scoring game in high school was 55 points.

College

Lawson began playing for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2006-07 season. In 38 games, he led the Tar Heels with 5.6 assists per game and was fourth with 10.2 points per game, during which time he helped the Tar Heels win a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title, as well as the ACC Tournament. During his sophomore year he had 12.7 ppg and 5.3 assists per game, although he saw much less playing time due to an ankle sprain that kept him out much of the season. In spite of this nagging injury, he eventually returned to help Carolina repeat as both ACC regular season and tournament champions and ultimately earn a berth to the Final Four.[3]

He was charged with driving after drinking on June 6, 2008 by a police officer who felt that Lawson's music was too loud. He was not charged with a DWI because he was below the legal limit of .08 BAC, but still received misdemeanors due to state law prohibiting anyone under the age of 21 from driving after drinking any amount of alcohol.[4] He was also charged for driving with a suspended license.[5]

On the day of the deadline to withdraw from the June 16 2008 NBA Draft, Lawson decided to return to North Carolina for his junior season, along with Wayne Ellington, Danny Green and All-American Tyler Hansbrough, who all spurned the NBA draft to return to UNC, leaving the starters for the 2007-2008 season intact for the 2008-2009 season.[6]

Lawson was voted to the All-ACC First Team his junior year and was named the ACC Player of the Year, the first time a point guard had won the ACC's highest honor since fellow Tar Heel Phil Ford won the award in 1978.[7] Lawson was also a consensus second team all American as a junior, which makes him eligible to have his jersey honored in the rafters of the Smith Center at the conclusion of his college career. In 2009, Lawson also won the Bob Cousy Award that honors the best collegiate point guard. During the 2009 NCAA championship game, he also set a record with 8 steals against Michigan State, giving him the most steals of any player in an NCAA championship game and helping lead the Tar Heels to a national title.

On April 23, 2009 Lawson announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2009 NBA Draft.

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College statistics

Season Averages
Season Team G PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% MIN TO
2006-07 North Carolina Tar Heels 38 10.2 2.9 5.6 1.5 0.1 .500 .356 .688 25.7 2.2
2007-08 North Carolina Tar Heels 32 12.7 2.7 5.2 1.6 0.0 .515 .361 .835 25.3 2.2
2008-09 North Carolina Tar Heels 35 16.6 3.0 6.6 2.1 0.1 .532 .472 .798 29.9 1.9
Totals: 105 13.1 2.9 5.8 1.8 0.1 .516 .402 .780 27.0 2.1

NBA career

Lawson was drafted 18th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2009 NBA Draft.[8] However, he was immediately traded to the Denver Nuggets.[9]

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