Class of 2016 Big Man Camps At MSU

Milton (Alpharetta, GA) High School class of 2016 3-star forward Chris Lewis camps at Mississippi State.

  • Name: Chris Lewis
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: Milton (Alpharetta, GA) High School
  • Position: Forward
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-9, 240
  • Ranking: 3-Star
  • Colleges of Interest: California, Cornell, Florida, Georgia Tech (offer), Memphis (offer), Miami (FL) (offer), Mississippi State (offer), New Mexico (offer), Texas

  • Lewis and his team have been to three college team camps so far this summer.

    "I've gone to the team camps for Furman, Alabama and Mississippi State," said Lewis. "I really think these type camps helps us a team because we are a new team this year. Last year, we had a bunch of seniors. So, the main thing that we are trying to do is get everybody playing well together so that we can have a successful season."

    He explained what he is focusing on individually at the camps.

    "Individually, this camp helped me with my leadership skills because I have to help keep the team together, along with my senior teammate," said Lewis, referring to his play at the Mississippi State camp. "We both try to keep the team together in different ways."

    When you watch Lewis play, the three things that immediately catch your eye are his size, his defense and his shot-blocking ability. He takes a lot of pride in his defense, as you would expect from the son of former New York Jets linebacker great Mo Lewis.

    "I feel like defense is most important and the best part of my game right now because of my footwork," said the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder. "That is one of the main things about my game that I feel confident about. I feel like I can move my feet well guarding someone on the perimeter and I can also move my feet when I'm guarding someone in the paint. Another important thing about me is that my coaches tell me that I have good timing for blocking shots."

    Offensively, he feels like he has some work to do.

    "Offensively, I feel like my strength right now is using my footwork in the post which allows me to make good post moves," said Lewis. "I'm also good at close, mid-range shots when someone is backing off of me. But I still have a lot to work on, though. The main things that I need to work on are my ball handling and my perimeter shooting. That would allow me to step out sometimes and take the bigger defenders out on the perimeter."

    Despite just now going into his junior season, Lewis already has scholarship offers.

    "I have offers from Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, Cal-Berkeley and several others," said Lewis, who received his first two offers from Memphis and New Mexico when he was just an 8th grader. "I also have interest from the University of Texas and Florida. Some Patriot League and Ivy League schools are also looking at me."

    An A-student in the classroom and also fluent in French, Lewis already knows what he will major in when he attends college.

    "I am looking at majoring in Mechanical Engineering because I want to work in the auto industry," said Lewis. "So, the most important thing is for the college to have a good engineering school."

    One of the schools that he is looking at is Mississippi State, a college known for having an outstanding engineering school. He likes what he has seen and heard about Mississippi State.

    "I think the future is going to be good at Mississippi State because I know some of the people who have committed to them and I feel like the classes that they have coming in will be very successful," said Lewis. "I really like Mississippi State and the campus. I went around the campus and saw everything.

    "(Mississippi State head) Coach (Rick) Ray and (assistant) Coach (Wes) Flanigan told me how they run everything. And I think the way they run things will lead them to a lot of success. I think they are very good people and I also think they are very good coaches because of how successful they were the past couple of years despite not having many scholarship athletes."

    Keep it on and as we continue to follow the recruitment of this very talented member of the class of 2016.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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