Season Ends for Lewis

Forsyth Country Day and NC State commitment Tyler Lewis lost in the state playoffs yesterday to Charlotte Christian, 91-69.

Forsyth Country Day and NC State commitment Tyler Lewis lost in the state playoffs yesterday to Charlotte Christian, 91-69.

Lewis, a 5-foot-11 point guard, finished with 35 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds in the defeat. He had 11 points and five assists at the half, but couldn't do enough to overcome the deficit established by a very good Charlotte Christian team.

Forsyth Country Day finished the year 18-14 with six losses coming while Lewis was sidelined with an ankle injury. Lewis averaged 27.3 points and 7.4 assists during his junior campaign.

Tyler's father, Rick Lewis, stated that his son has had opportunities to transfer to more highly-regarded programs, but has chose to stay loyal to his teammates and coach.

Mr. Lewis was coach and founder of the Carolina Flight AAU program, and established himself as one of the most successful N.C. AAU Basketball coaches in history. His teams won N.C. state AAU championships seven times, including five from 2002-08.

He is now the founder and editor of the Phenom Hoop Report, a college basketball scouting service that covers top high school and AAU events across the country.

"Tyler has had ample opportunities to transfer to other top level basketball programs, but Tyler decided to stay put at FCDS because he believes in his high school coach," said Mr. Lewis. "Also, jumping from one high school team to another is what is wrong with our culture. Sometimes, you have to overcome adversity, and he has done that at FCDS."

The same can be said for Lewis on the AAU circuit. Considered one of the top point guards in the 2012 class, he could choose to play for an elite team. However, he will once again be suiting up for Team Loaded this spring and summer.

"Last year he was the MVP of the Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest playing up one grade," Mr. Lewis stated. "Plus he made the all tournament team in every event Team Loaded played in."

Lewis committed to NC State last fall, choosing the Wolfpack over offers from programs such as Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Charlotte, and Davidson among others.

Rumors persist about a potential coaching change at NC State, but according to Mr. Lewis, his son is firmly committed to the Wolfpack.

"Tyler selected NC State because of the coaching staff," said Mr. Lewis. "He has developed a great relationship with coach Monte Towe, and coach Towe has been following Tyler for the past three years. NC State did a fantastic job of recruiting Tyler, and we are thankful for their belief in him.

"In addition, we get bombarded by people asking what Tyler is going to do if NC State doesn't retain Coach Lowe. If you will notice, Tyler has not wavered in his commitment to NC State. Let's be honest, most high elite level players would have decommitted by now.

"In addition, Tyler had opportunities to play for other teams this coming AAU season but chose to play for Team Loaded. Why? Because he is a very loyal kid! He doesn't jump from one high school or AAU team to another. The same holds true for his loyalty and commitment to NC State. Whether or not, NC State chooses to make a change in their coaching staff, Tyler wants to attend NC State, providing if they still want him."

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