NBA Spotlight: Tyler Lewis

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- One of the better 2012 lead guards -- Tyler Lewis -- took the floor at the NBA Camp on Thursday, marking his second big camp in two weeks.

Last week Tyler Lewis was at arguably the most prestigious underclassman camps – Nike Hoop Jamboree.

"I didn't think I played my best basketball out there," Lewis said. "…Out there you have to have a lot of passing. I really didn't know anybody and that didn't help out any and they didn't know me.

Just a week later Lewis, a 5-foot-11 point guard out Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day, is partaking in one of the best upperclassman camps – NBPA Camp – in Charlottesville (Va.).

"I think this camp is more fun to play in because you have all the talent to pass and you know most of the people out here," Lewis said. "Everyone's name here is already out there so people are more unselfish."

Despite his team losing their first game of the event, Lewis put together a strong effort. Using his craftiness, Lewis managed to slice into the lane and dropped in a number of mid-range shots as well as created for his teammates.

"The first game, other than the loss, was pretty good," Lewis said shortly after his first game. "I thought I went out there and played my game. I hit a couple of floaters and got everyone involved."

Lewis, who plays with Team Loaded on the AAU circuit, said he's had to change his mentality the past two weeks.

"In a camp setting you play with the guys for three days and you don't have the team chemistry," Lewis, a three-star prospect, told "You basically go out there and represent yourself some too."

On Tuesday college coaches could begin calling 2012 prospects, which mean Lewis' phone was ringing off the hook. He estimated around 20 to 25 phone calls on June 15th.

"It was hard," the junior-to-be said. "The first couple were interesting and fun, but after a while it just got tiring. It was like, ‘dang just quit calling.' Especially with that game on. I'm a big Lakers fan and once Shannon Brown had that dunk and next thing I know I had phone calls."

At this point Lewis has scholarship offers from Miami, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Drake, Mississippi, Richmond and VCU. South Carolina, Florida, Boston College, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Charlotte, North Carolina and Marquette are also showing interest.

"I'm just taking it one step at a time," Lewis said. "I'm not in a hurry to make a commitment. I want to see what happens with the 2011 class and see who goes where and see if they have a point guard coming in."

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