Shore League Preview: Greg Lewis

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Greg Lewis was one of the final pieces to Mike Rice's 2011 recruiting class. Since verbally committing last October, the 6-foot-8 forward started counting the days to Rutgers. Now enrolled and set to play in the Jersey Shore League starting Thursday, Lewis spoke with about the process and his first month at Rutgers.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Enrolled for summer classes at Rutgers, Greg Lewis is a Big East forward. Just ask him.

"I never get tired of saying I will play in the Big East," Lewis said last week at the Louis Brown Athletic Center during a voluntary workout. "I'm real excited. That's all I think about it. Just thinking about last year, I was home watching these games on ESPN and now I'm here. I'm going to be a part of it and playing on TV."

Lewis officially became a Scarlet Knight by moving in on campus last month for the first summer session alongside Myles Mack, Jerome Seagears, Derrick Randall and Wally Judge.

Lewis' optional workout plan is the toughest he has ever been through, he said, but it is something he quickly embraced.

"Sometimes you have to do it all-out," Lewis said. "If I want to make it to Big East level, I'm going to push myself. I've been working at it constantly since [enrolling]. I know it's going to be tough. It's going to be a grind in the post. I've been working a lot on my rebounds and going all-out in my workouts."

Living, attending class and working out with his new teammates, Lewis said the pickup games are his favorite part.

"It's a good feeling and we have a lot of pieces to put together, so we're starting early," Lewis said. "It's really exciting. I can't stress it enough. We've been doing a lot of pickup and learning each other's games and competing and getting at it. It will be good to do it in a league."

At 6-foot-8, 220 pounds, Lewis said he expects to play power forward with the Scarlet Knights, but is not yet sure..

Whether he ends up as a four or five, Lewis said he hopes to learn a lot from Judge about playing in the post at a high level. He described his rebounding ability as his best attribute.

"It's good to have Wally," Lewis said. "I can learn right now. It's just a learning experience. He's done it before. He played in the post in the NCAA's. I can learn from him.

"It's a lot different from high school, I know that. But it's a good different. It's a tough schedule to balance, but I'm getting used to it."

Lewis said he cannot wait for Thursday, when he plays his first organized game with eight of his future teammates.

"This is exciting," he said. "I've been thinking about this for a long time. It's what I've always wanted. I've dreamed about competing on this level."

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