NBPA Top 100: Lucas Siewert

When Bobby Hurley replaced Herb Sendek at Arizona State, the Sun Devils suffered a casualty in the form of previously committed big man Lucas Siewert. The face-up post player from California had committed to ASU previously but opted to reevaluate his options following the coaching change.

Lucas Siewert therefore is once again playing for scholarship offers this summer, and he gained valuable experience at last week’s NBPA Top 100 Camp. There, the Los Angeles Cathedral product (via Brazil) showcased his jump shot and ability to play at range.

While not an explosive athlete, Siewert is able to compensate with his shooting touch and naturally solid frame.

”The first three games (at camp), I think I was doing pretty good,” Siewert said. “I was shooting well, rebounding well … it’s hard to get touches, so I’ve been trying to get offensive rebounds and putbacks.”

A player like Siewert does need to be fed good shots, whether inside or out, so it stands to reason that he wouldn’t post big numbers at an event where players who can create for themselves tend to rack up the greatest production.

Still, he understands how he slots in for college and beyond and also how he must improve in order to draw more widespread recruiting interest.

”I’m more like a pick and pop player,” Siewert said. “I’m trying to develop my back to the basket game. I’m more like a four. I’m working on my handles so I can play on the perimeter and bring out a big.”

Since his de-commitment from ASU occurred within the past month, Siewert’s recruiting is just beginning to percolate. Even so, he holds a couple of major offers with additional schools also making contact.

”I’ve been hearing a lot from Creighton, Washington State, Oregon, Virginia, Boston College, and that’s pretty much it I think,” he said. “Boston College and Creighton offered. I don’t think Washington State has, but I’ve been hearing a lot from them, too.”

Having committed once already, Siewert intends to take his time with the process from here on out. He said he’ll continue touring with Team Bayless this summer and make stops at the Adidas national camp in New York, Adidas Nations and the Super 64 in Las Vegas.

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