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Top Ohio PG and soon-to-be Nittany Lion Trey Lewis talks about new Penn State coach Patrick Chambers and reacts to the big change with the program.

In one of his first acts as Penn State basketball's new head coach, Patrick Chambers called incoming guard Trey Lewis.

It's no wonder why Lewis is a top priority for Chambers. After a standout senior season at Garfield Heights HS (Ohio) he was named the Ohio Division I Player of the Year. He also led his team to the state semifinals for the first time in 61 years.

Even with the departure of former head coach Ed DeChellis and an uncertain future head coach, Lewis never wavered on his commitment to the Lions.

"When I made my decision to come to Penn State it was mainly because of the school itself," Lewis said. "It is a great school academically and it is in the Big Ten, my favorite conference. So Penn State was my choice because I love Penn State."

And he had plenty of faith that his next head coach would be the right guy.

"When they lost the coach I had enough faith in athletic director Tim Curley to get another great coach," Lewis said. "Because the head coach at Penn State is a great job, and I knew they would get a guy to take Penn State to higher levels."

Penn State hired Chambers away from Boston University Friday.

"I actually had a chance to talk to Coach Chambers on the phone Friday," Lewis said. "He seems like a great guy and I am really excited."

He added, "I did a lot of research on Coach Chambers, and he has had a great career as a coach at Boston University."

Needless to say, Lewis is impressed with Chambers resume and coaching style.

"He seems like he is a great guy with great character," Lewis said. "Plus, he seems very passionate about his new job."

One thing in particular proved to Lewis just how passionate Chambers actually is.

"He is coming up to meet me Monday," Lewis said. "He wants to meet my family and I, and to me that relationship is something that is so important with a coach."

Chambers isn't exactly driving the three and a half hours from Happy Valley to Garfield Heights – according to Lewis, it will only be a 40-minute plane ride.

But no matter how Chambers gets there, Lewis is looking forward to beginning a relationship with his new coach.

"I am looking forward to just sitting down and having a conversation with him and picking his brain a little bit," Lewis said. "But it's a big thing with me to build a relationship with my coach, and it will be a good opportunity to meet him, because a first impression is a lasting impression."

Chambers isn't just meeting Lewis, he is also bringing something else to keep the talented guard busy before he reports to Happy Valley.

"When I talked to Coach Chambers I asked him when he comes to visit me that he bring some tapes of his old team and how they ran," Lewis said. "He said they were an up-tempo style team; he used to be a guard so he likes to predominantly have the ball in his guards' hand."

He continued, "So he knows how to coach guards and I am really excited for that. I am eager to learn a lot for him."

Another thing that Lewis is looking forward to?

"Just coming down to campus," Lewis said of reporting for school later this month. "When I came on my visits it was unbelievable to see the facilities and meet the people and be a part of Penn State and Nittany Nation. I am excited about all that – I have been dreaming about it since I was little."

Lewis is well on the way to fulfilling his dream. But is still able to pause and be thankful for the entire process – including his new coach.

"I am very grateful to be in this position to come in after such a successful season," Lewis said. "And everyone is on the same page, everyone is eager to win. That's the good thing about a new coach, he has to win, he is hungry and so am I. We are on the same page."

And as for what to expect, Lewis makes it pretty clear.

"Be ready," Lewis said of what fans should expect from him. "I am ready, it is going to be a lot of fun, and a very exciting season because we have a great class coming in. And we have some good players that are already there. So we are really excited."

He added enthusiastically, "The fans should really be excited because We are … and Penn State is … a great school."


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