Jersey forward earns first offer

The New Jersey Roadrunners are perennially one of the top AAU programs in the Garden State. For a player on that squad to remain under-the-radar in the fertile North Jersey recruiting ground always comes as a surprise. 2014 forward Abdul Lewis appears to be on the verge of breaking through, with his days as an unknown prospect numbered.

At Thursday's Live in AC event at Stockton College in New Jersey, Abdul Lewis was one of the day's most pleasant surprises. At 6'7 with great length, Lewis is a rising junior with loads of upside. Against Team Takeover in an early afternoon game, Lewis demonstrated an ability to rebound the ball at a high level, knock down mid-range jumpers, and score in the post.

Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with one of Lewis' high school coaches at Newark Eastside (NJ), Troy Long, about Abdul.

"I think the proverbial big man switch went off," Long began. "I think he has a huge upside because he is just starting to realize how good he is. He used to be shy about basketball."

On Thursday afternoon, there was nothing shy about Abdul's game as he battled hard against Team Takeover's talented frontcourt. Still thin, Coach Long explained that this is an area for improvement. "He needs to get stronger in the weight room, and that will take him to a new level." Coach Long continued, saying, "Because of his lack of strength, being a straight post player is not in the cards. He is a catch-and-shoot, one or two dribble and pull-up type of kid."

At the moment, in addition to his rebounding prowess, Long said that he has two primary areas of strength. "He works hard in the gym on his shooting, and that's his main strength right now," Long stated. "Now his strengths are his shooting and his length."

Abdul Lewis entered the Live in AC tournament without a single college scholarship offer. That changed last night, according to Long. After watching him play yesterday, George Mason extended a scholarship offer his way. Long went on, saying that Delaware had contacted him about having Lewis visit the CAA school. In addition, Long said that he and Lewis planned to visit Saint Joseph's during August.

Offers have a tendency to come in bunches. Yesterday, George Mason got out ahead of the curve by offering Abdul Lewis. Given his ability to knock down jumpers, his nose for the ball, and his solid academics (a 3.0 GPA according to his coach) Abdul Lewis is likely to see more offers coming his way in the coming weeks.

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