Lewis Back From Raleigh

Forsyth Country Day (NC) point guard Tyler Lewis visited NC State on Thursday with his parents and head coach, looking to spend some time with the new coaching staff.

Forsyth Country Day (NC) point guard Tyler Lewis visited NC State on Thursday with his parents and head coach, looking to spend some time with the new coaching staff.

"I wanted to take the visit because I felt like I wanted to get up there and talk with all of the coaches in person," said Lewis. "I already knew coach Lutz and coach Moxley from when they were at Charlotte, and I knew coach Early from last year when he recruit Anthony Gill to South Carolina... he played on my AAU team.

"I wanted to go up there and meet with coach Gottfried some more. We wanted to talk with him some more and get a feel for what he wants out of me when I get to NC State."

Lewis stated that he met with head coach Mark Gottfried and his staff for nearly three hours, discussing a variety of issues.

"We had a great talk," he said. "I met with the coaches for over 2.5 hours, and we talked about a lot of things. Coach Gottfried talked to us about his background in coaching and the offense they are going to run at State.

"They are going to run the UCLA offense... I liked what we talked about it. I think it fits my style of play and will give me the freedom to make some plays in the halfcourt but also get out and run."

What stood out to Lewis the most about his visit?

"I was most impressed by how straightforward they were with me," he said. "We talked about the situation with other recruits who had committed, and we talked about how they felt about me.

"I felt like they wanted me there, and that was big. Coach Gottfried said he likes my basketball IQ, how I can lead and a team, my passing ability... things like that. Overall I just got a good feel for what they expect of me."

Lewis is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 12 point guard in the country according to Scout.com. As a junior he led Forsyth Country Day to an 18-14 record while averaging 27.3 points and 7.4 assists, earning all-state honors.

However, he has arguably developed his reputation by dazzling opponents on the AAU circuit... and winning tournaments. He played in his first major tournament last weekend since returning from an ankle injury.

"It was great being back on the court," he said. "I love basketball. I love playing and watching games, so once I got back out there it was just a great feeling. I wanted to show what I could do and help my team win games."

Lewis and Team Loaded did just that, advancing to the finals of the Pittsburgh Jam Fest before losing to Team Takeover in the finals. Lewis had 33 points and five assists in the loss, but nearly led his team to the win despite playing without Andrew White, a 6-foot-6 wing who missed the title game with a hip pointer.

White was outstanding all weekend and has emerged as a high-major recruit.

"I think Andrew is very talented," said Lewis. "He plays strong and is real athletic. He's a good shooter... I think he's going to have an impact wherever he goes."

White is actually on NC State's radar, and White and his family are scheduled to take an unofficial visit to NC State on Saturday. Lewis hopes the Wolfpack decides to offer his AAU teammate a scholarship.

"I hope they offer him because if we do I think we'd have a very good shot at him."

Firmly committed to the Wolfpack, Lewis is now looking to bring in some other players with him. What's his recruiting pitch? "Let's turn things around," he said. "I've been talking to some other recruits about NC State. My main thing is I want to have good players play with me so I'm going to try and get them to go with me to NC State.

"I just tell them how great a place it is, and how we can go in there and help get it back on track because NC State has great tradition."

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