University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has landed his shooter.
Pitino has said for several months he wanted a fifth-year senior added to the roster for next season and recently said that player "needed to be a shooter."
And now he has both in Trey Lewis.
The former Cleveland State guard - who set a record for three-pointers in a single season for the Vikings - is transferring to Louisville for his final season of eligibility. Lewis, who started his career at Penn State, is graduating from Cleveland State and will be eligible next season - for one season - at U of L.
"It was a pretty tough situation because a lot of schools came after me," Lewis said. "I had to make my decision on how much they wanted me and Louisville was the perfect situation for me. It was the best situation of them all.
"I loved how much I fit into coach (Pitino's) vision and what he is trying to do. And what he's trying to do is what I'm trying to do."
Lewis said with just one season left he felt like he had to "make an informed" decision and the best decision for him. He's graduating in May with a degree in communications.
"A lot of teams wanted me; I wanted to see the team that needed me the most and that was Louisville," Lewis said. "I’m excited to play for coach."
The 6-foot-2 Lewis led Cleveland State in scoring at 16.3 points a game this past season and had 24 of his team's 33 points in a 1oss to Louisville in November.
Lewis set a Cleveland State single-season record with 96 three-pointers this season, He hit 42.3 percent from three-point range. He's a native of Cleveland, played at Garfield Heights High and then played one season at Penn State prior to transferring to Cleveland State.
Cleveland State was 19-15 this season. He also had 30 points against Detroit, 29 against Youngstown State and 27 against Milwaukee. In the game against U of L, Lewis added five assists and five rebounds and was 9 of 20 from the field, including 4 of 10 three-pointers.
Lewis had a ton of interest and picked U of L over Xavier and Ohio State.