First Look: Dwight Lewis

The Kansas coaching staff sounds more than a little interested in the talented 6-5 wing from Louisiana. Interested enough to have dropped a scholarship offer on him? <b>Exclusive details inside.</b><br>

Things couldn’t have been going much better for Dwight Lewis. Sure the six-foot-five inch wing from Metairie (LA) Archbishop Rummel was a bit disappointed to see his junior year end in the first round of the state playoffs, but the smooth scorer who averaged 27 points and just under 10 boards a game had attracted the attention of some of college basketball’s premier programs.

After generating attention from programs like USC, Kansas, Oklahoma, LSU, Texas, Stanford, Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and others Lewis was riding high. Unfortunately, Lewis was recently diagnosed with mononucleosis and will be out of action for a while.

“Really, I just started feeling sick late last week and we thought that it was the flu,” Lewis told Phog.Net. “But just on Wednesday the doctor said it was mono so I’m going to be out for a while.

“We’ll have to see how things go, but the doctor thinks by May I’ll be back to full strength and good to go.”

Even though he’s going to miss a lot of time at school and the early part of the all-important club circuit, the down to earth Lewis has maintained his good spirit. Why not, he’s too busy looking forward to playing on the next level.

“I just love watching college basketball because of the atmosphere,” said Lewis. “Right now I’m watching all of the tournaments and I just imagine about being out there and being able to see myself on television.”

A versatile scorer who can get to the rim in a flash thanks to a quick first step, Lewis isn’t just a high flying slasher. He’s equally dangerous shooting off of screens or creating opportunities from mid-range off of the bounce. While others might see him as a scorer or a shooter, Lewis just plays ball.

“You know people ask me to, but it’s hard to describe my game,” said Lewis. “I just feel like I go out there and play basketball. I just play basketball and I want to be the best I can be.”

That drive for excellence extends into the classroom where Lewis carries a 3.43 GPA and he’s excited about the opportunity to get a free education. Like most kids he’s looking for a place to be comfortable and a good college atmosphere and he isn’t opposed to getting away from home.

He’s been to LSU and Texas unofficially and would also like to set up visits to USC, Oklahoma and Kansas.

“I think Kansas style is great and they have a good program,” said Lewis of the Jayhawks. “From what the coaches are telling me it sounds like a real good place and I’d like to set up a visit.”

He and his father have both spent time speaking with Tim Jankovich and Bill Self and according to Lewis, Self recently made the Jayhawks interest pretty clear by offering a scholarship.

“They offered me a scholarship a week or a week and a half ago,” said Lewis. “It came from Coach Self on the phone.”

Ultimately Lewis would like to make a decision by the end of the summer and he’s hoping to line up some official visits as soon as his health allows. He’s also looking forward to getting back in shape and hitting the court to see how he compares nationally but doesn’t play for rankings unlike many of his peers.

Lewis plays for himself and to be the best that he can be and understands that impressing college coaches is much more important than being ranked #23 or #223.

“They are not recruiting me because of what number I am on some list of 100, they are recruiting me because they like the way I play and my style,” says Lewis of rankings. “I don’t let my ego get in the way and worry about things like that. It’s like my dad always says, if you can play a college is going to find you no matter what. It’s their job to find players.”


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