Cameron Lewis Spurns Late Offer

After Indiana watched Robert Rothbart opt for pro ball overseas, the Hoosiers turned their attention to Cameron Lewis. However, coach Mike Davis will have to wait at least a year before getting the 6-8 forward.

Last night, Cameron Lewis turned down an offer to play at Indiana for this season.

The 6-8, 210-pound senior, who is planning to attending Phillips Exeter (N.H.) Academy for a post-grad season, told Hoosiers coach Mike Davis that he felt he needed the extra year of prep school.

``I told him I'd like to be recruited for 2005," said Lewis, who averaged 11 points and 10 boards last season at St. Albans (D.C.). "I just don't think I'm ready to play this season. I think I'll get a lot better at Exeter and I don't want to leave my coaches there stranded. They are counting on me."

Loyalty. Somewhat of a novel concept among the youth these days.

Lewis, who has a 1280 on the SAT and a 3.3 GPA, has already set up a trio of visits. He'll head to Penn on Oct. 1, then go to Columbia the following weekend and to Stanford on Oct. 24.

``If it could work out with Stanford, it'd be the best place for me," Lewis said. "But I know I'm not their number one guy. Ryan Wright is."

Lewis is an athletic power forward who does most of his work around the basket and in transition. He's a shot-blocker who runs the court well and became much more aggressive in the summer while playing with New Heights.

Lewis also said he's fielded offers from Rice, Davidson and Clemson and has received recent interest from Georgetown and St. John's.

``I think I played fairly well overall, but it wasn't perfect," Lewis added. "But then again, no one is perfect."

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