Big Potential

At 6-11 and 205 pounds, Erik Sewell is considered an athlete with tremendous upside -- in two sports. Sewell, a senior at Tallahassee North Florida Christian, is attracting interest in basketball and baseball these days. He also features a sparkling academic record and hopes to be an engineer. Sewell took an unofficial visit to Florida State last weekend for basketball. "It (visit) was a lot of fun and I thought the (new) basketball facility was really impressive," Sewell said.

At 6-11 and 205 pounds, Erik Sewell is a big player with big potential.

In two sports.

Sewell, a senior at Tallahassee North Florida Christian, is attracting interest in basketball and baseball these days.

A gifted student-athlete who also features a sparkling academic record, Sewell took an unofficial basketball visit to Florida State last weekend. He toured the Seminoles' new hoops facility as well as watched the FSU-Virginia football game. Sewell also listened to coach Bobby Bowden's pregame speech to Seminole football recruits.

"It (visit) was a lot of fun and I thought the basketball facility was really impressive," Sewell said.

Sewell, who has grown nearly 11 inches in two-and-a-half years and is expected to reach 7-foot, is considered a player with tremendous upside. The center attended summer camps at FSU, the University of Florida as well as BallStars in Tampa. He also was selected but did not participate in the US Junior Nationals (Team Florida) in Columbus, Ohio.

Sewell, who is concentrating on gaining strength and power, turned in a career-best 29-point, 15-rebound performance last basketball season for the Eagles.

Sewell, who is fully qualified (28 ACT, 1350 SAT and a 4.1-grade point average) and would like to be an engineer, has attracted serious interest from Ivy League schools such as Yale, Columbia and Brown. Sewell has a soft touch inside, a sharp eye outside and is considered a keen passer. He hopes to become more of a threat in the lane this season.

"I am working on trying to improve my game inside as well as being more physical as far as rebounding and scoring," Sewell said.

Once basketball season ends, Sewell will move into baseball, where he also is an established right-handed pitcher.

Sewell tossed a one-hitter against Tallahassee Leon High School last season and recently participated in the Team One South Baseball Showcase at Georgia Tech. In a local showcase at Tallahassee Community College two weeks ago, Sewell's fastball was clocked at 86-miles-per-hour. He also ran a 7.46 in the 60 on grass.

Considered one of Tallahassee's top youth baseball players, Sewell has been a member of several traveling teams, including one that played in a week-long tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., home to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sewell would like to play both basketball and baseball at the collegiate level. Interested baseball schools include Columbia, Boston College, West Point, Army, Brown, Elon College, Dartmouth, Florida Tech, and North Florida.

"At some point down the road I guess I will have to choose (sports) but right now I am hoping to go where I can play both," Sewell said. "Really, if it's a great opportunity I might have to try to concentrate on one, but right now I would like to continue to play both basketball and baseball."


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