NBPA: Tyler Lewis Spotlight

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- A week after playing in the most prestigious event for underclassmen, the Nike Hoop Jamboree, Tyler Lewis arrived at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, considered one of the best upperclassmen camps.

The 5-foot-11 rising junior point guard out Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day is glad to showcase his game in this setting.

"I think this camp is more fun to play in because you have all the talent to pass and you know most of the people out here," Lewis said. "Everyone's name here is already out there so people are more unselfish."

Despite his team losing their first game of the event, Lewis put together a strong effort. Using his craftiness, Lewis managed to slice into the lane and dropped in a number of mid-range shots as well as created for his teammates.

"The first game, other than the loss, was pretty good," Lewis said. "I thought I went out there and played my game. I hit a couple of floaters and got everyone involved."

Lewis, who plays with Team Loaded on the AAU circuit, said he's had to change his mentality the past two weeks.

"In a camp setting you play with the guys for three days and you don't have the team chemistry," Lewis said. "You basically go out there and represent yourself some too."

On Tuesday, college coaches could begin calling 2012 prospects, which meant Lewis' phone was ringing off the hook. He estimated he received around 20-25 phone calls on June 15.

"It was hard," he said. "The first couple were interesting and fun, but after a while it just got tiring. Especially with that game on - I'm a big Lakers fan."

North Carolina was among the schools that reached out to Lewis. UNC assistant coach C.B. McGrath put a call into Lewis and the floor general said they mapped out how they plan to recruit him.

"It went pretty good," he said of the conversation. "I like him a lot. They are just looking at me right now and are going through the process. They are going to keep evaluating me and see me at their team camp next week and see me out on the circuit."

At this point Lewis has scholarship offers from Miami, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Mississippi, Richmond and VCU. South Carolina, Florida, Boston College, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Charlotte and Marquette are also showing interest.

"I'm just taking it one step at a time," Lewis said. "I'm not in a hurry to make a commitment. I want to see what happens with the 2011 class and see who goes where and see if they have a point guard coming in." Tyler Lewis Profile

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