Junior Profile: Marcus Lewis

Marcus Lewis, a 6-6 junior power forward from Long Beach (Calif.), has some high majors expressing early interest. He likes one Pac-10 school in particular...

Marcus Lewis, 6-6 JR PF Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, is a big-bodied post with good feet and soft hands. He can face up and shoot out to 15-18 feet. He plays hard consistently and has no problem banging in the paint.

We spoke with Lewis recently and he told us that his top four schools at the moment are Oregon, Washington, Stanford and UConn. When asked if any school stood out from the group, Lewis said, "I really like Oregon -- they came to see me at my school back in October."

We asked Lewis about the issues that would influence his choice and he said, "Somewhere I can play and academics. I want to play early. Location won't be an issue at all." He also said that his parents would prefer he stay in the west and academics is a major issue with them.

We asked if winning at the highest level would be a priority and Lewis replied, "No, I think it would be fun to take a team that's not there yet and help them make it."

Lewis told us that he has called all four schools on his list and spoken with the coaches. He expects to make a decision sometime after July.

Lewis said he has a 3.5 GPA and scored 1020 on the PSAT.



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