Eagles Lawton Signs with Arkansas-Little Rock
MSJC men's basketball stand out Eric Lawton has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Arkansas Little Rock next year.
Lawton, a graduate of Hemet West Valley High School, was an All Foothill Conference performer this past season as he helped lead the Eagles to the State Elite Eight. Lawton averaged 14 points per game last season for the Eagles along with 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He reached double figures in scoring in 25 of the team's 31 games. Eric scored a career high 25 points on November 5th, 2010 against College of Siskyous. As a freshman during the 2009-10 season Lawton was named honorable mention all conference averaging 9.5 points per game.
In high school Eric helped West Valley to a CIF Southern Section title in his junior year and as a senior was named to the All CIF team. Lawton will join former Eagle teammate D'Andre Williams at UALR next season. Williams was a starter this past season for Little Rock as they qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Lawton credits MSJC and the MSJC coaching staff with preparing him for this next step in his career. "Coach really taught me to be a complete player, and playing at this level definitely is more like Division I than high school is," said Lawton. "I am really looking forward to going to UALR and they have a strong tradition of developing shooting guards."
Eric becomes the 17th MSJC player to sign a Division I scholarship since Coach Patrick Springer took over the program during the 2003-04 season.
Eric Lawton (pictured above) with Coach Patrick Springer after signing with Division I Arkansas-Little Rock. Lawton was a First Team All Foothill Conference pick this past season helping the Eagles to the State Elite Eight.