2006 Focus: Dwight Lewis

Dwight Lewis isn't all that well-known outside of New Orleans, but we're here to tell you that's going to change real soon. The smooth Archbishop Rummel (La.) junior swingman is for real.

Dwight Lewis doesn't hold any resentment towards D.J. Augustin. In fact, it's just the opposite for the fellow New Orleans native.

Lewis, a 6-5 ½, 190-pound junior at Archbishop Rummel, is glad that Augustin is so highly regarded nationally.

But now Lewis is hoping to make his own splash on a national level. He's just making up for lost ground.

``When I was younger, I was terrible," Lewis admitted. "I used to get cut from teams and even if I made the team, I didn't play. I had to work hard to get where I am and I'm still working hard to get better."

One person who's convinced of the drastic improvement is Rummel coach Steve Alfonso.

``I may be biased, but a lot of people agree with me that Dwight is going to be the best college player coming out of New Orleans in the junior class," Alfonso said. ``He's a 6-6 wing guard who can play the three, is long and rangy and can score."

``He has a quick release from three," added Alfonso. "And he has a dynamic drive, where he can pull up at the drop of a dime."

Lewis had 36 of his team's 52 points last week and is averaging 26 points per contest so far this season.

He still has his areas of improvement, such as playing on the defensive end every possession. However, his smooth play reminds some of NBA player Kerry Kittles.

Lewis, 17, didn't get as much exposure last spring and summer playing with the Houston Westside All-Stars and when he was on the main stage, at the Reebok ABCD Camp, he was playing with a sprained ankle.

Lewis, who has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 21 on the PSAT, hasn't made much headway in terms of narrowing down his recruitment. He's already fielded scholarship offers from LSU, Mississippi, Texas A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma – while others such as UCLA, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Texas, Florida State, Stanford and Vanderbilt have all expressed interest.

``I want to feel comfortable at the school and with the coach," Lewis said. "I also want a good academic situation that can also help me get to the next level."

``I'm wide open right now," he added. "I'm not trying to make my list shorter right now. I'm just trying to concentrate on the season."

UCLA and Oklahoma both had coaches to watch Lewis last week.

Lewis' game isn't the only thing that stands out. He also does the right thing off the court.

``Last week I had to stay home because my son had pink eye," Alfonso said. "In the middle of the day, the phone rang and it was Dwight calling to see how my son was doing."

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