Dew-ing Just Fine

James Dews is a guy who was considered more of a mid-range guy that couldn't do a whole lot more. Well, the 6-3 shooting guard proved his critics wrong this past weekend.

When you talk about guys who have watched their stock rise in April, one name that has to be in the mix is James Dews.

Dews has always been known as an average athlete who had a good mid-range game. However, the Lakota East (Ohio) 6-foot-3 rising senior shooting guard was deadly from beyond the three-point arc for much of this past weekend in Dallas at the Next Level Ballers Tournament.

``He showed he's one of the best players in the country," All-Ohio coach Tony Lavender said. "He can score on anybody and he's a great defender with a terrific knowledge of the game. He's got the whole package. People play him for the three, but now he's going to the basket."

Dews knocked down five trifectas and finished with 26 points in All-Ohio's victory against West Texas. In addition to his shooting ability, Dews showcased a more-aggressive penetration game and also made good decisions.

Dews averaged 20.3 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game this past season at Lakota East, but his recruitment has been fairly mellow. Dayton has offered a scholarship and made Dews a priority while he also lists Notre Dame, West Virginia, Seton Hall and Xavier.

``I think people don't think I'm aggressive enough," Dews explained as to why he feels he's not getting the national recognition. "People don't think I get to the rim enough." ``But since the school season ended, I started getting to the rim a lot more," he added. "I'm getting stronger."

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