"The kid wanted to get it out of the way," Rummel coach Steve Alfonso said. "He wants to focus on the team, us, and start working out with us and not worry about the burden of recruiting and performing. He wanted to focus on the team."
Lewis, who recently recovered from a bout with mono that trimmed 10-15 pounds off his frame, will play at the NBA Camp and Reebok ABCD Camp this summer.
What happened with Lewis the past few weeks has been well documented. Lewis first committed to Kansas then days later recanted the commitment, only to visit the school last weekend and pledge his allegiance to Bill Self's bunch once again.
Alfonso explained what happened. "I think all along he wanted to go to Kansas but he was kind of scared to pull the trigger about going away from home. He's a kid, he was nervous. After going there he realized that it was the right decision for him."
Guys from Lewis' neck of the woods often develop into prime LSU targets and eventually cast their lot with the Bengal Tigers. "It was surprising to me actually," Alfonso said of the commitment to KU. "Guys from New Orleans, they don't usually like to leave New Orleans."
This one did and you won't find Kansas complaining. Lewis is a scorer and the Jayhawks are always in the hunt for guys who can put the rock in the hole.
"He's long and rangy," Alfonso said. "He's got an excellent mid-range game; he can pull up off the dribble and shoot the jump shot. He's just a scorer. When he matures [physically] he'll develop into a [defensive] stopper."