Marcellus Lewis is a 5'-11" point guard who has a deadly crossover and can put the ball in the hoop. Lewis is originally from Centralia, Illinois, but is playing his prep basketball at Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis alongside Bradley Beal. Although it is extremely early in the process, Illinois is certainly in the mix to land the 2014 guard.
Lewis came to watch the Illini play in the Braggin' Rights game against Missouri earlier this year as a visitor of the Illini. The guard had a good time and enjoyed the experience. He commented on how he loved the atmosphere of one of college basketball's biggest non-conference rivalries.
The freshman says he has been an Illini fan from a young age. What is the number one aspect that Lewis likes about Illinois basketball?
"I like the fans."
He likes the way the Illini's approach to the game also.
"I like their style of play. Coach (Bruce) Weber lets his players run. That is how I like to play."
His lead recruiter is Jerrence Howard. The point guard has built a good relationship with the former Illini player. Lewis knows he can trust the coach.
"He is loyal. I think he will do everything he says he is going to do."
The two main teams competing for his services at a young age are Illinois and Missouri. He has also received interest from other high profile schools.
"I have letters from North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio St."
He is currently clearing up some academic issues, but earlier in the season the freshman played a key role on his undefeated high school team. He talked about his first high school game.
"I was a role player, but my first game I had 14 points and 5 assists."
What does he feel are the strengths in his game?
"The ability to get to the basket and create for my teammates."
Lewis has certainly done that at the younger levels. He became a well known name in the southern part of the state by racking up crazy numbers in his grade school years.
Taking his man off the dribble and getting by them is an aspect he excels at. His crossover at the top of the key breaks ankles, and if defenders back off in fear, he will pull up and drain a three in their faces.
He is not afraid to finish in the paint with a variety of floaters and creative layups. Lewis has played up in competition over the years by playing in the Pangos Elite Midwest Freshman and Sophomore Camp as an 8th grader. This past summer he competed with the St. Louis Eagles 15 and Under team.