HOUSTON – Lair Crawford has always believed it takes about a month for a football player to fully transition to the basketball court.
After Humble’s football season came to an end, Justin Lawson made his usual move over to the hardwood.
It was at the beginning of District 22-6A play in mid-December that Crawford saw Lawson start to get his basketball legs again.
“Early in the year he was trying to do to much, I was like be patient,” Crawford said. “Sure enough at the beginning of district, which was about a month after football, is when he started turning it on. The tournament after Christmas he had a great tournament.”
Entering Tuesday’s meeting with Sam Rayburn – which Lawson went for 20 points, 16 in the first half – the senior was averaging 22.9 points and 12.3 rebounds per game in his last eight games.
“My teammates giving me the ball,” Lawson said about the keys to his recent run of success. “Going and getting the rebounds off the boards and putting it up. Making free throws as well.”
A big part of Lawson’s game is his movement.
As a play is developing, whether Lawson has the ball in his hands or not, the 6-foot-3 senior forward is always moving and active.
It is what he has been coached to do.
“He’s taken to coaching,” Crawford said. “Coach (Leon) Morris has worked with him, telling him to move a lot. Not be stationary. He’s definitely somebody who’s been getting after it for us.”
The message from Morris to Lawson every day is to “stay active”.
It is noticeable, especially when a shot is missed. Before the ball has a chance to even get close to the court or into the hands of the other team, Lawson is flying in for the rebound and the put-back.
“Just being a beast on the boards and finishing,” Humble junior point guard Malik Nash said about watching Lawson. “Nobody can really stop him.”
Lawson admitted the only time he spends not working on his game is at night when he sleeps and knows his key to this success starts and ends with his effort.
“Playing hard,” Lawson said. “Play hard and you’ll see results.”