Diamond in the Rough: Cameron Lewis

Cameron Lewis is confident. Confident that a year of prep school will catapult him into a higher level. If his recent play is any indication, the St. Albans (DC) 6-9 senior need not worry.

When you boast a 1280 SAT score, it's hard for people to question your decisions. But when Cameron Lewis turned down D-1 offers in favor of doing a year of prep school, some began to question his sanity.

However, the 6-8, 210-pound St. Albans (DC) senior forward has decided to spurn schools like Vermont, Boston University, Lafayette and Colgate and attend Phillips Exeter (N.H.) in the fall with hopes of playing at a higher level. It shouldn't be much of a problem, especially with the way he's been playing as of late.

``It was a big decision," Lewis said. "But I think I was under-recruited and I feel if I do a prep year, I can be a high-major player."

``I know I'm still working towards my potential," he added. "Every year I'm improving significantly and I know I'll improve a lot in the next year."

Lewis, a native of Silver Spring, Md., posted modest numbers this past season of 11 points and 10 boards per game. He didn't begin playing organized basketball until the ninth grade.

Stanford came in and talked to him at the school last month and Lewis is hoping to hear from other academic/basketball schools such as Vanderbilt and Virginia. Georgetown has also expressed recent interest.

Phillips Exeter is hardly a basketball power, but in order for Lewis to be allowed to attend prep school, his parents had one stipulation.

``I had to go somewhere strong in academics," Lewis said. "Exeter has a great reputation academically, but they're changing the basketball program and this year it'll be one of the strongest teams they've ever had."

Lewis, who wants to pursue a career in medicine, is playing with New Heights (formerly CAS Warriors) this spring and summer and he's trying to work on hid mid-range game. He's already got plenty of athleticism, runs the court well and can rebound and block shots. He's hoping to earn an invitation to ABCD Camp with his strong play thus far this spring.

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