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Leading hoops scorer AJ Lawson returning to South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina's top scorer and rebounder AJ Lawson is returning to school for his junior basketball season.

Lawson announced on social media Wednesday that he is withdrawing from the NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 guard from Toronto started all 31 games last year, averaging team highs with 13.4 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Lawson thanked the pro teams he met with the past few months and said he was excited to play another season at South Carolina.

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Leaders
Points: A. Lawson13.4
Rebounds: M. Kotsar6.3
Assists: J. Couisnard3.2
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: A. Lawson72.4%
3P%: J. Bolden41.2%
Steals: M. Kotsar1.5
Blocks: M. Kotsar1.1
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Florida State26-5
5 Baylor26-4
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Creighton24-7
8 Kentucky25-6
9 Michigan State22-9
10 Villanova24-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Baylor26-4
5 Florida State26-5
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Kentucky25-6
8 Duke25-6
9 Creighton24-7
9 Villanova24-7
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Southeastern Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
8 Kentucky 15-3 25-6
20 Auburn 12-6 25-6
LSU 12-6 21-10
Mississippi State 11-7 20-11
Florida 11-7 19-12
South Carolina 10-8 18-13
Texas A&M 10-8 16-14
Tennessee 9-9 17-14
Alabama 8-10 16-15
Arkansas 7-11 20-12
Missouri 7-11 15-16
Ole Miss 6-12 15-17
Georgia 5-13 16-16
Vanderbilt 3-15 11-21
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 73.4 (110)
Rebounds: 11.9 (38)
Assists: 14.4 (77)
FG%: 44.0% (167)
FT%: 62.8% (345)
3P%: 31.0% (294)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 69.5 (184)
Rebounds: 25.4 (187)
Assists: 11.5 (93)
FG%: 39.3% (20)
FT%: 73.0% (292)
3P%: 29.6% (21)
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