Lawson enters her sophomore season at California as a returning Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection...a proven winner, having led Jones High School to the Florida state 4A title as a senior...helped the East Bay team to the 2005 San Francisco Pro Am crown...her conditioning has improved from her freshmen season...working on finishing her shots strong in the paint this year...uses her size and athleticism to her advantage in the post...versatile and dominant block player who can score in the high post or stay down low...outstanding rebounder.
As a freshman in 2004-05: Started 27 of Cal's 29 games at center...became the first Cal player to be named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team since Masa Radovic in 1997-98...her 10.6 points per game ranked second on the team and 14th in the Pac-10...grabbed a team-best 5.0 rebounds per game...ranked fifth in the conference overall and tops among freshmen for field goal percentage (.498)...led the Bears with 21 blocks, which was the most by a Cal player since Lauren Ashbaugh tallied 22 blocks in 1999-00...tied for team-high honors for double-figure scoring games with 17...paced Cal in scoring and rebounding eight times each...twice recorded a career-high 19 points against Arizona to lead her team...in the Bears' win over the Wildcats in Berkeley, she added a career-high 12 rebounds for her only double-double of the season...named MVP of the inaugural Contra Costa Times Classic after averaging 16.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg during the tournament.
High School: Named the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida Player of the Year and all-state as a junior and senior at Jones...three-time honorable mention Street & Smith's All-American...during her team's 2004 state championship season, averaged 20.1 points and 17.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 60 percent from the field...Jones finished the year with a 29-2 record...averaged 22.5 points and 13 rebounds per game, sporting a 53 percent field goal percentage as a junior...also contributed five blocks and two steals per game...all-county and all-metro pick her last two years...also as a senior, earned her second team MVP honor and was named to the all-conference squad...led the Tigers in 2003 to the Class 3A state title game, a 30-2 record and the No. 1 ranking in the Sentinel Super 6...in the state semifinals, Lawson pounded in 29 points and 19 rebounds...ranked No. 118 nationally by All-Star Girls Report...attended the All-Star Camp in Atlanta, Ga., the Nike Camp in Portland, Ore., and the Senior Showcase in Orlando, Fla.
Personal: Jessica Lakendra Lawson was born May 7, 1986, in Orlando, Fla....parents are Roosevelt and Arlene Lawson...has an older sister, Ebony, and a younger sister, Allison...won nine straight state oratory contests...named Miss Jones High...hobbies include talking on the phone, shopping and hanging out with friends...chose Cal because of its highly regarded engineering school...intends to major in computer engineering.