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Isaiah Lewis loading up on college offers

Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 1:59 pm
 

By Jeff Borzello

ORLANDO, Fla. – The July AAU circuit is normally the pinnacle of a top prospect’s season, considering all the high-profile events they attend and big-time coaches they see.

For Isaiah Lewis, improving his all-around skillset takes precedence.

“I mean, the tournaments are cool, but working on my game is more important,” Lewis said. “This year, I’m going to play the point guard in high school, so I’m learning how to be a passer and still score at the same time.”

Lewis, a 6-foot-3 junior from Christ the King (N.Y.), shares the spotlight in high school with Connecticut-bound Omar Calhoun, but he is receiving plenty of notice on his own.

So far, Lewis claims offers from Miami (Fl.), Florida, Florida State, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon State, West Virginia and Memphis. Other schools showing interest include Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Villanova.

He said Kansas, Memphis and Florida are showing the most interest right now.

“Grades are a big factor in the school I chose,” Lewis said. “Also, the fan base and whether I think the coaching staff can get me ready for the next level.”

He plans to visit Florida, Florida State and Memphis during August, and could trip to Kansas for the Jayhawks’ Midnight Madness in October.

Two schools are currently standing out for Lewis: Kansas and Memphis.

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“Coach [Josh] Pastner, I just liked the way he talked to me and my father,” he said of Memphis. “He told from the gate, he thinks I can come in, play and contribute. He also told me what he likes about my game.”

Kansas offered Lewis during his sophomore season, and the Jayhawks remain near the top of his list.

“The tradition there is crazy,” Lewis said. “Coach [Bill] Self loves winning. He also compared me to a similar version of Deron Williams, being a big guard who can score and pass.”

While it may seem like the New York City product is going through the process pretty quickly, Lewis has no plans on making a decision anytime soon.

“I’m going to take my time with everything,” he said. “I mean, I’m not saying I’m going to wait, but I may commit after my junior year.”

As we’ve seen with Lewis, getting better is more important than anything.

Photo: The Shiver

Comments

Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Isaiah Lewis loading up on college offers

Stay close to home, and be a legend. Come to the Cuse. Boeheim will get you to the next level.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:13 am
 

Isaiah Lewis loading up on college offers

Kansas and Memphis - shades of the 2008 NCAA final. Deron Williams is an amazing player to model his game around. Williams, coached by Self, is one of the two best point guards in the NBA with Chris Paul (Rose is a shooting guard playing the 1 position.) For academics, Kansas is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (aau dot edu) and delivers top-notch academic opportunity. It is really gratifying to read of a player who cares about the academics.

Every student-athlete would do well to ask themselves: 'if I cannot play basketball, how will I earn a living and enjoy doing it?' Too many players are injured or simply not good enough to play professionally (probably not the case here) and that university degree is the key to open doors everywhere. So much of what we read is about one and done or how to get to the NBA the fastest. It is only a very few that manage to do this and even fewer that are successful in the NBA. Take your time, Isaiah, but don't miss out on the opportunity. The future is in your hands.


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