One of the most impressive underclassmen in attendance on Saturday at the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp was Scottie Lewis.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound small forward from Tinton Falls (N.J.) Ranney played extremely hard, using his size, length, athleticism, motor and feel to make plays all over the court on defense.
“I’m high energy; I have a big motor,” Lewis said. “I’m athletic, I like to run and play the right way and I get my teammates involved.
“I’m working on being more patient. I play with 100% speed all the time so I need to be able to slow it down while still being quick.”
Scout’s 15th ranked 2019 prospect already holds offers from Villanova, Kansas, Washington, St. John's (NY), Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Seton Hall, Stanford and Florida, with one of those programs working the hardest on him.
“Definitely Florida,” Lewis said. “We go down there a lot and they’ve been out to me see a lot. I love the effort they’ve shown. A lot of schools cared in the beginning but they lost interest; Florida has always been there.”
Lewis, who started playing basketball in sixth grade, says academics will play a big role in his decision.
“I promised my mom I would get my degree in something,” he said. “I’m going to major in journalism and minor in creative writing; academics is a big part of my life. Even if I went one and done, I would definitely come back and finish my degree.”