Lewis Nearing A Decision?

Forsyth Country Day (NC) standout Tyler Lewis is already in the gym working out as his junior season is just a few weeks away.

Forsyth Country Day (NC) standout Tyler Lewis is already in the gym working out as his junior season is just a few weeks away.

"We're looking pretty good," said Lewis. "We lost a lot of seniors from last year's team so we'll be young with a bunch of juniors, but I think we'll be good.

"The main thing with me is I've been in the weight room a lot, and I've been working on my lateral quickness. I think I'm stronger and quicker than I was before... it's paying off for me."

Checking in at 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, Lewis is one of the top playmakers in the 2012 class. After a strong sophomore season he performed extremely well on the AAU circuit, and he is now rated the No. 9 point guard in the class by Scout.com.

A gifted passer capable of also scoring when his teams needs him to do so, Lewis is best known for his playmaking ability. He can push tempo and consistently puts his teammates in scoring position. Lewis has a flashy style that appeals to fans, but he always seems to make the right play.

"I believe I have a lot of God-given ability with my basketball IQ, but at the same time I believe you need physical ability to go out and do it each night," said Lewis. "I just work hard and try to run my team."

Lewis landed offers early in the process and has cut his list to five schools.

"I've narrowed my schools down to NC State, Davidson, Charlotte, Miami, and UNC," he stated. "The first four have offered, but UNC hasn't yet. I don't really know yet with UNC. They came to a couple of workouts, and I'll see what happens."

One program that has definitely made an impression is NC State. Wolfpack assistant Monte Towe is handling Lewis's recruitment along with head coach Sidney Lowe.

"State is definitely high on my list," said Lewis. "There's just something I like about their coaching staff with coach Lowe. Whenever they talk to me they are always straight up with me.

"They are the only school to personally offer me a scholarship. I like NC State a whole lot and they are in the ACC which plays a major factor. I think it's a good situation for me."

Does Lewis currently have a leader?

"State would be my leader right now," he said. "With them it's the coaching staff and the way they play. I like their style of play and I'd have two former point guards in coach Lowe and coach Towe coaching me at State. Plus, they are bringing in a lot of talent with guys like Ryan [Harrow], Lorenzo [Brown], and C.J. [Leslie].

"I've been talking with the coaches, and they like how I can run the team and get up-and-down the floor. They like how I make the smart play with the basketball. Coach Lowe told me that I have the ability to come in and run the team, and I think playing with Ryan would help me out too... he'd be a junior if he stays."

NC State offered Lewis back in the spring and has made him a priority. He will be in Raleigh in a couple of weeks for a big unofficial visit.

"I'm actually taking my visit down to NC State when they play Florida State that Thursday night, October 28th," said Lewis. "I'm going up early in the day to do my basketball visit and then go to the football game that night. If I like things and feel like the time is right I could make a decision.

"I've been wanting to make a decision by the end of this year, that's what I was planning on doing. I don't have to get it over with, but at the same time if I feel comfortable I'll make my decision and not continue to wait if I know that's where I want to go to school."

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