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April 10, 2007

Lawson to return to North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ty Lawson will return to North Carolina for his sophomore season instead of entering the NBA draft.

Lawson, who had the best assist-turnover ratio in the Atlantic Coast Conference, announced his decision Tuesday night during the Tar Heels' annual awards ceremony at the Dean Smith Center.

He was the second member of the Tar Heels' freshman class this week to say he would return to school next season, joining shooting guard Wayne Ellington.

Two other North Carolina stars - Brandan Wright and Tyler Hansbrough - have not yet announced their plans.

Lawson's announcement was notable for its comic timing - it came during his acceptance speech after he was honored for leading the team in assists.

"After thinking about things, talking to my parents, I think it would be best if I took my skills to the NBA. I'm sorry," Lawson said.

That drew Dead silence from the crowd of about 1,000.

"I'm just playing - I'll be back next year," Lawson said to cheers and applause.

For more coverage of North Carolina, visit CarolinaBlue.com.

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