Gani Lawal had a pretty good sophomore season at Tech but it wasn't enough to get him verbal confirmation of a round one draft pick from any NBA teams. So he did the smart thing and went back for a third year. With Tech at last place in the ACC and one of the best incoming Freshman classes of all time, the sky was the limit. The Jackets achieved just what Lawal and company hoped to do this past season. They went from last place in ACC to being runner-up at the ACC Tournament Finals, achieving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. This resurgence was largely due to phenom Derrick Favors playing in tandem with Gani Lawal, alongside Zachery Peacock. Other future stars Iman Shumpert, Glen Rice Jr., sharpshooter Brian Oliver, and Memphis's Maurice Miller played tough team ball for the Jackets in the number one conference in the nation. They only came second to national champions, Duke University and actually beat the champs once during the regular season, quite emphatically.
- 2010 SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE ACC Power-Forward
- 2009 Backs out of Draft - Smart move
- What do the Grizzlies need at the end of round one in 2010 draft? They need competent bench help. The problem is kids these days don't want to be the second dog. What about a guy that decides to spend another year, in one of the most difficult schools in the world, just to improve himself and do the smartest thing for his career if NBA doesn't entirely pan out? Perhaps that guy has the character you need in a support role.
- Lawal has proven he can do the work. He gave space to phenom Derrick Favors so he could find his wings. It was a struggle. The Jackets did not run away with anything this year. Favors was not lighting up ESPN highlights. But Lawal didn't say, "hey I'm the man here - I should be starting every night and Favors should back me up". He knew his role. And he did it.
- "He jumps like a gorilla!" (so wrong - but hilarious dude)
- I had the great fortune of watching Chris Bosh at school. I'm no NBA scout but I have been as big a fan of Lawal as Bosh. I like his style. He is a bruiser. I think he has a good future and worth a low first round pick for sure!
Floor: Nathan Jawai, Jonathan Bender
Ceiling: Carlos Boozer, Antonio McDyess