Lewis Just Happy To Be Here

TEANECK, N.J. -- One year ago at ABCD, Dwight Lewis was one of the bright lights in the junior class. The 6-4 WG at Metairie (LA) Archbishop Rummel showed good athleticism and scoring tools in cementing his place as a high-major target. More inside on Lewis' performance at ABCD this year, and on his decision to play ball at Kansas.

This year, Dwight Lewis has been effective as a cerebral scorer and vocal leader, if not a stat-stuffer for his camp team. Much of the reason he's been forced to focus on intangibles here and at other summer events can be attributed to a spring bout with mononucleosis -- even if Lewis won't admit it.

"Oh, I'm 100 percent now," said Lewis, when asked about his condition. "I feel completely fine."

It's noble of Lewis to downplay his previous ailment, but dig a little deeper and discover that his was no ordinary case of mono.

"Yeah, it was like the worst kind of mono," Lewis said. "I was down for two months. I couldn't do anything, couldn't even walk without getting help."

Lewis couldn't even commit correctly.

After pledging to Kansas in the spring, he backed off that decision and briefly reopened his recruitment before once again making a semi-formal bond with the Jayhawks. Looking back, Lewis is thrilled with his pick and realizes he simply moved too quickly in his euphoria over getting such heavy attention from a powerhouse like KU.

"I knew I really liked Kansas," he said, "but it just seemed I went too fast. It reassured me after my visit there and made it easy. I see myself being able to play the two guard and maybe bringing the ball up some."

Kansas fans certainly are aware of the coaching staff's determination to extract a couple of fellow ABCD campers -- Darrell Arthur and Bryan Davis -- from their home state of Texas and bring them to Lawrence. Lost in that pursuit by many is that Kansas lured a Bayou native in Lewis away from LSU, always an extremely difficult task.

Lewis credits his comfort level and career aspirations as the key factors in his defection from Louisiana.

"Kansas was the place that seemed best for me to reach my goal, which is to have a successful college career and then play in the NBA," Lewis said. "Staying home was something for me to think about, and I knew if I left, the place would have to feel like home.

"I went to Kansas and it felt like home."

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