BG Standout Interested In Buckeyes?

Ohio State is one of several schools showing strong interest in a talented guard transferring from Bowling Green, 6-4 Ronald Lewis. Kyle Lamb has more on this developing story.

Bucknuts has learned this afternoon that Ohio State has been in touch with 6-4 sophomore guard Ronald Lewis, after being granted his release from scholarship from Bowling Green State University.

Lewis, a 6-4 guard from Columbus who played his high school ball at Brookhaven, was given his release by head coach Dan Dakich after averaging 17.0 points a game this past season and 4.7 rebounds a game.

Wherever Lewis decides to go, the second-team all MAC player will have two seasons of eligibility left, after having to sit out the 2004-2005 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Ohio State leads an impressive list of schools that has already contacted Lewis, including Cincinnati, UCLA, Indiana, Boston College, Wright State, and Oakland amongst many others.

There is not yet any confirmation of whether or not any of these schools have officially extended a scholarship offer, only that they indeed have contacted Lewis.

Reportedly, one condition of Lewis' release is that he is not allowed to go to any fellow MAC school, and he's also not allowed to go to Cleveland State, Nebraska, or Norfolk State.

Lewis is a very long and extremely athletic player who has a knack for getting through the lane. This past season, Lewis got to the free throw line an astounding 233 times on the season, shooting 82 percent from the charity stripe.

In addition to being athletic, he's got a tremendous wingspan and is a very strong defender who has nice footwork and great instincts.

Although he would have to sit out a season, Ohio State could benefit from his defense and athleticism in the 2005-2006 season with an experienced double-figure scorer as a junior.

He also dished out 2.9 assists a game and shot 33.6 percent from 3-point range.

In the 2002-2003 season, Lewis' freshman campaign, he made first-team all MAC by averaging 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds a game.

Lewis was Bowling Green's leading scorer this past season, with a high outing of 34 points coming against Urbana in the season opener.

Last evening, Ohio State head basketball coach Thad Matta apparently spoke with Lewis, and they talked for reportedly an hour getting to know one another.

Lewis is expected to make some sort of formal list of schools under consideration next week. He and Matta discussed what perimeter prospects Ohio State might be recruiting, as well as the status of current prospects and visits.

As of this moment, Ohio State currently has no official visits lined up with any current 2005 recruit.

There are a few prospects still expected to make an unofficial visit, such is the case with Benton Harbor, Mich. wing forward Wilson Chandler, but none have committed to making an official just yet.

Abdul Herrera, a 6-10 center from Miami, is expected to take an official visit, but will not do so until he takes his SAT in September.

Bucknuts will keep tabs on this developing situation. More will be available on the Lewis availability very soon.

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