Report: Tulane lands pair of graduate transfers in men’s basketball

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Christion Thompson at URI

Two graduate transfers are reportedly heading to Tulane.

K.J. Lawson will depart Kansas to play for the Green Wave, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

Christion Thompson, a native of Gonzales who started 15 games last season at Rhode Island, will come to Tulane next season, according to a report by college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.

It’s unclear whether Lawson will have one or two years of eligibility remaining. He played one season at Memphis before transferring to Kansas, where he sat out before playing last season.

Lawson averaged 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game for the Jayhawks. In his one season in Memphis, he averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest.

Thompson, a 6-foot-4 guard who led Dutchtown to the Class 5A quarterfinals in 2014 and helped Madison Prep win a state title in 2015, will have one year of eligibility remaining.

Thompson began the 2018-19 season as a starter before transitioning into a reserve role, averaging 5.7 points per game. Nearly two-thirds of his field goal attempts came from three-point range. He scored 11 points, including a perfect 9-of-9 from the line, in Rhode Island’s upset win over top-seeded VCU in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

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